Pronunciation: (mu-nas'tik),[key] —adj.Also,mo•nas'ti•cal. 1. of or pertaining to monasteries: a monastic library. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of monks or nuns, their manner of life, or their religious obligations: monastic vows. 3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a secluded, dedicated, or austere manner of living.
—n. a member of a monastic community or order, esp. a monk.