mon·​as·​tery ˈmä-nə-ˌster-ē How to pronounce monastery (audio)
plural monasteries
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web During this year’s excavation, researchers focused on the monastery’s mid-12th century cloister, a section used as living quarters by the monks. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 2 July 2024 From the water, anyone can enjoy the pristine natural beauty and grandeur of the monasteries' architecture. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, 27 June 2024 The couple landed on the venue, Villa Tasca, after falling in love with its rich history as a monastery and private residence, as well as its frescoed ceilings. Rebecca Cope, Vogue, 26 June 2024 The monastery was badly damaged in 1692 during the Morean War, but it was then rebuilt starting in 1701. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for monastery 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monastery was in the 15th century

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“Monastery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


mon·​as·​tery ˈmän-ə-ˌster-ē How to pronounce monastery (audio)
plural monasteries
: a place where a community of monks or nuns live and work

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