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cenobite

[see-nuh-bahyt, sen-uh-] /ˈsi nəˌbaɪt, ˈsɛn ə-/
noun
1.
a member of a religious order living in a convent or community.
Also, coenobite.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Late Latin coenobīta, equivalent to coenob- (< Greek koinóbios (adj.) conventual, living together, equivalent to koino- ceno-2 + bi- bi-2 + -os adj. suffix) + -īta -ite1
Related forms
cenobitic
[see-nuh-bit-ik, sen-uh-] /ˌsi nəˈbɪt ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-/ (Show IPA),
cenobitical, cenobian
[si-noh-bee-uh n] /sɪˈnoʊ bi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
cenobitically, adverb
cenobitism
[see-nuh-bahy-tiz-uh m, sen-uh-] /ˈsi nəˌbaɪ tɪz əm, ˈsɛn ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cenobite

cenobite

/ˈsiːnəʊˌbaɪt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of coenobite

coenobite

/ˈsiːnəʊˌbaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of a religious order following a communal rule of life Compare eremite
Derived Forms
coenobitic (ˌsiːnəʊˈbɪtɪk), coenobitical, cenobitic, cenobitical, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Old French or ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek koinobion convent, from koinos common + bios life
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Word Origin and History for cenobite
n.

also coenobite, "member of a communal religious order," 1630s, from Church Latin coenobita "a cloister brother," from coenobium "a convent," from Greek koinobion "life in community, monastery," from koinos "common" (see coeno-) + bios "life" (see bio-).

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