noun mon·as·tery \ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē\

: a place where monks live and work together

plural mon·as·ter·ies

Full Definition of MONASTERY

:  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.>


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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MONASTERIES Defined for Kids


noun mon·as·tery \ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē\
plural mon·as·ter·ies

Definition of MONASTERY for Kids

:  a place where a community of monks lives and works


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