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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 monastery
  • The machines sitting in the shop seem to be made to last as long as the monastery itself.
  • One of my favorites was to a monastery on the top of a mountain.
  • The monastery and its paintings are in grave danger.
  • But technology, not spirituality, has brought me to the monastery.
  • Some of them are even commissioned by monasteries to brew ales or are licensed to use a monastery name.
  • He was extremely talented and later left the monastery.
  • The monastery went to court to challenge the decisions.
  • The existence of this monastery tucked into the northeast quadrant of the nation's capital is a surprise even to many locals.
  • The monastery was then sealed off and surrounded by armed police.
  • To begin with, they were exclusively friars and priests attached to the monastery.
British Dictionary definitions for monastery

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 monastery
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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