mon·​as·​tery | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē How to pronounce monastery (audio) \
plural monasteries

Definition of monastery

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

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Gregory Mendel worked out his concepts of genetics by doing breeding experiments using pea plants in the monastery's garden.
Recent Examples on the Web The monument, known as the Wall of National Remembrance, features hundreds of photographs of the fallen that run along an outer wall of St. Michael’s, a 12th-century monastery and church., "Blinken, in Ukraine, warns of dual threats: Russia and corruption," 6 May 2021 Interestingly, most parts of Skellig Michael that fans see in the movies are actually part of a 1,500-year-old Gaelic monastery. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "31 Iconic Filming Locations Around the World You Can Actually Visit," 26 Apr. 2021 The urge to fashion a hermetic, horizontal world of comfort and concentration, a kind of capitalist monastery, runs from early corporate campuses of the 1940s and ’50s to the low-rise tech landscape of Silicon Valley. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "New York City Made the Office," 26 Apr. 2021 Kung Fu Olivia Liang stars as Nicky Shen, a Chinese American woman in her early 20s who drops out of college and embarks on a life-changing journey to a remote monastery in China. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘SEAL Team’ on CBS; ‘Home Economics’," 6 Apr. 2021 The team hopes that the writing, once translated, will provide more information about the monastery. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Remnants of Tenth-Century Buddhist Monastery Found in India," 27 Feb. 2021 March Madness is an essentially penitential affair, a series of physical and spiritual trials interrupted by familiar rhythms, not unlike the experience of a novice in a monastery. Matthew Walther, WSJ, "Papal Intervention in Baseball Is Overdue," 1 Apr. 2021 Some were sold to a monastery and others to an antiquities dealer in Bethlehem. New York Times, "Newly Discovered Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Revealed," 16 Mar. 2021 Gin has deep roots, reaching back to the 11th century, when Benedictine monks in Salerno, Italy, whose monastery grew lush with juniper trees, distilled something similar for medicinal purposes. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite Gin Cocktails From Around the World," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of monastery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Monastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monastery

: a place where monks live and work together


mon·​as·​tery | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē How to pronounce monastery (audio) \
plural monasteries

Kids Definition of monastery

: a place where a community of monks lives and works

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