calefactory

noun
cal·​e·​fac·​to·​ry | \ ˌka-lə-ˈfak-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce calefactory (audio) \
plural calefactories

Definition of calefactory

: a monastery room warmed and used as a sitting room

First Known Use of calefactory

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calefactory

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

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“Calefactory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calefactory. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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