monastery

noun mon·as·tery \ ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of monastery

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

Examples of monastery in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Mendel worked out his concepts of genetics by doing breeding experiments using pea plants in the monastery's garden.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

monastery Synonyms


MONASTERY Defined for English Language Learners

monastery

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Definition of monastery for English Language Learners

  • : a place where monks live and work together


MONASTERY Defined for Kids

monastery

noun mon·as·tery \ ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē \

Definition of monastery for Students

plural monasteries
: a place where a community of monks lives and works


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