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noun mon·as·tery \ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē\

Simple Definition of monastery

  • : a place where monks live and work together

Full Definition of monastery

plural mon·as·ter·ies

  1. :  a house for persons under religious vows; especially :  an establishment for monks

Examples of monastery

  1. <Gregory Mendel worked out his concepts of genetics by doing breeding experiments using pea plants in the monastery's garden.>



Origin of monastery

Middle English monasterie, from Late Latin monasterium, from Late Greek monastērion, from Greek, hermit's cell, from monazein to live alone, from monos single — more at monk


First Known Use: 15th century

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