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 The space, in a former monastery in the city’s Navigli district, soon got the attention of trend watchers and high-end collectors alike. Laura May Todd, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2021 With 36 years of history under its belt, the restaurant, which is located in a gorgeous former monastery in the heart of Fira, has become known as the quintessential spot for fine dining in Santorini. Annie Daly, Marie Claire, 25 Aug. 2021 After an attack on the monastery -- and the theft of a priceless sword -- Nicky returns home to San Francisco, just as her sister (Shannon Dang) is about to get married. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 Apr. 2021 Friar Ezio Tavernini has lived in the monastery for 10 years. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020 Katikies Garden Santorini is located in a converted monastery in Fira, the capital of Santorini, which is also on the west side but is decidedly more casual than Oia. Annie Daly, Marie Claire, 25 Aug. 2021 Dakarpo is an ancient Buddhist monastery built on an outcropping that overlooks the Shaba valley. Michael Easter, Outside Online, 13 May 2021 El Convento, in the middle of historic Old San Juan, is a former 17th-century Spanish monastery converted into a boutique hotel (from about $150 a night, Robert P. Walzer, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 At points of interest — such as the amphitheater, monastery, royal tombs and treasury — users experienced life-size 3-D models and panoramic photos. Washington Post, 8 July 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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The first known use of monastery was in the 15th century

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18 Sep 2021

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“Monastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 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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