monastery

noun

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

Example Sentences

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 Father Hieromonk Ioan, a member of the Kyiv monastery, said that the clergy there were not loyal to Moscow but did not shy away from the close historic ties with Russia. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 One of his story paintings is about a joyful monk who sneaks out of the monastery at night to dance with Cuban Cha Cha girls. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, 16 Nov. 2022 Carlos Sanchez, general manager of the monastery, said the remaining nuns are in good shape. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Brother Felix came to Huntsville in 1947 and was one of the founding members of the monastery. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Doing so is key to unlocking billions in Chinese investment, said Hakumullah Mubariz, the Taliban head of security at the site, peering into the remnants of a monastery built by first-century Buddhist monks. Samya Kullab, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2022 Doing so is key to unlocking billions in Chinese investment, said Hakumullah Mubariz, the Taliban head of security at the site, peering into the remnants of a monastery built by first-century Buddhist monks. Bloomberg.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Doing so is key to unlocking billions in Chinese investment, said Hakumullah Mubariz, the Taliban head of security at the site, peering into the remnants of a monastery built by first-century Buddhist monks. Samya Kullab, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 Most people in those regions lived within walking distance of a monastery for most of the past 2,000 years. Andrew Doran, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Monastery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monastery. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

monastery

noun
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
monasterial
ˌmän-ə-ˈstir-ē-əl
adjective

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