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monastery

[mon-uh-ster-ee] /ˈmɒn əˌstɛr i/
noun, plural monasteries.
1.
a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, especially monks, living in seclusion under religious vows.
2.
the community of persons living in such a place.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin monastērium < Late Greek monastḗrion monk house, orig. hermit's cell, equivalent to monas-, variant stem of monázein to be alone (see mon-) + -tērion neuter adj. suffix denoting place
Related forms
monasterial
[mon-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌmɒn əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
1. cloister; abbey, priory, friary, lamasery.
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Examples for monasteries
  • Some of your brick-and-mortar campuses will make great monasteries.
  • Cities also found it convenient to have feudal protectors, and monasteries and church estates bound themselves by similar ties.
  • Hundreds of monasteries were shuttered or ransacked, and thousands of monks disappeared.
  • Among them are a dozen monks, who have come by taxi and will have to return to their monasteries by the end of lunch.
  • At some monasteries the government established police stations in the monasteries.
  • At some monasteries, government officials are among the members of the committees.
  • The buildings, as in all great monasteries, are distributed into groups.
  • A large number of their monasteries were closed during both periods.
British Dictionary definitions for monasteries

monastery

/ˈmɒnəstərɪ; -strɪ/
noun (pl) -teries
1.
the residence of a religious community, esp of monks, living in seclusion from secular society and bound by religious vows
Derived Forms
monasterial (ˌmɒnəˈstɪərɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Church Latin monastērium, from Late Greek monastērion, from Greek monázein to live alone, from monos alone
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Word Origin and History for monasteries
monastery
c.1420 (implied in monasterical), from O.Fr. monastere, from L.L. monasterium, from Late Gk. monasterion "a monastery," from monazein "to live alone," from monos "alone" (see mono-). With suffix -terion "place for (doing something)." Originally applied to houses of any religious order, male or female.
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