cal·​e·​fac·​to·​ry ˌka-lə-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce calefactory (audio)
plural calefactories
: a monastery room warmed and used as a sitting room

Word History


Medieval Latin calefactorium, from Latin calefacere to warm — more at chafe

First Known Use

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calefactory was circa 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Calefactory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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