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[ri-fek-tuh-ree] /rɪˈfɛk tə ri/
noun, plural refectories.
a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.
Origin of refectory
1475-85; < Late Latin refectōrium, equivalent to Latin refec-, combining form of reficere to renew (see refect) + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged
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/rɪˈfɛktərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -tories
a communal dining hall in a religious, academic, or other institution
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin refectōrium, from Latin refectus refreshed
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Word Origin and History for refectory

"dining hall," especially one in a monastery, early 15c., from Medieval Latin refectorium, from past participle stem of reficere "to remake, restore," from re- (see re-) + facere (see factitious).

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