ce·​no·​bite ˈse-nə-ˌbīt How to pronounce cenobite (audio)
variants or less commonly coenobite
: a member of a religious group living together in a monastic community
cenobitic adjective

Word History


Late Latin coenobita, from coenobium monastery, from Late Greek koinobion, ultimately from Greek koin- coen- + bios life — more at quick entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cenobite was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cenobite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cenobite. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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