Definition of monastery
: a house for persons under religious vows; especially : an establishment for monks
Examples of monastery in a Sentence
Gregory Mendel worked out his concepts of genetics by doing breeding experiments using pea plants in the monastery's garden.
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
First Known Use: 15th century
MONASTERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monastery for English Language Learners
: a place where monks live and work together
MONASTERY Defined for Kids
Definition of monastery for Students
: a place where a community of monks lives and works
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up monastery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).