Depending on alms for a living.
(ambitransitive) To beg.
Of or pertaining to a beggar.
Of or pertaining to a member of a religious order forbidden to own property, and who must beg for a living.
A pauper who lives by begging.
A religious friar, forbidden to own personal property, who begs for a living.
Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.
A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.
A mendicant (from Latin: mendicans, ) is one who practices mendicancy, relying chiefly or exclusively on alms to survive. In principle, mendicant religious orders own little property, either individually or collectively, and in many instances members have taken a vow of poverty, in order that all their time and energy could be expended on practicing their respective faith, preaching and serving society.