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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web It was built around 1050, and was used for more than 600 years as a Cistercian monastery. Kirsten Grieshaber And Markus Schreiber, USA TODAY, "A new kind of slow song: Chord change of 639-year organ piece was first in nearly 7 years," 9 Sep. 2020 It was built around 1050, and was used for more than 600 years as a Cistercian monastery. Star Tribune, "Slow music: Chord change in Germany of 639-year organ piece," 5 Sep. 2020 There’s a medieval monastery where the Carthusian monks are still making perfumes to this day. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Kevin Kwan Loves Hotel Room Tea," 31 Aug. 2020 Formerly a Capuchin monastery, it’s owned by Phillips Seafood CEO and founder, Steve Phillips and his wife, Maxine Davis Phillips. John-john Williams Iv,, "Hot property: This $24.9 million Annapolis estate is owned by Phillips Seafood CEO," 1 Sep. 2020 Cullman County, founded 1877, 80,406 Cullman County, founded by a group of German American immigrants from Ohio, is home to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels, a monastery for Roman Catholic nuns. Kelly Kazek |, al, "Here’s a fun fact about every Alabama county," 19 Aug. 2020 Italian archaeologist Vittoria Dall’Armellina stumbled upon the blade in a monastery-turned-museum during her tenure as a graduate student at Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University in 2017. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Graduate Student Discovers One of World’s Oldest Swords in Mislabeled Monastery Display," 16 Mar. 2020 In the car that day Ruiz played Gregorian chants, reverberant voices that harken to a Catholic monastery. Chris Kenning,, "'Hurry, he's dying': A chaplain’s journal chronicles a pandemic's private wounds," 20 Aug. 2020 The route rambles along roads and countryside from Hollywood to the ruins of the monastery that St. Kevin, a sixth-century abbot, had founded in Glendalough. Kathryn Barush, The Conversation, "As coronavirus curtails travel, backyard pilgrimages become the way to a spiritual journey," 10 Aug. 2020

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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 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce monastery (audio)

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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