monastery

noun
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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Synonyms for monastery

Synonyms

abbey, cloister, friary, hermitage, priory

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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.

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Females, not even females animals or insects, are allowed there, but any male can stay in any of the monasteries for a number of days. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Condé Nast Traveler's Alternative Bucket List," 20 Aug. 2019 There are wonderful hikes here, too, such as the 2.4-mile trek up Overlook Mountain to the colorful Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan monastery. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 2019 There are wonderful hikes here, too, such as the 2.4-mile trek up Overlook Mountain to the colorful Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan monastery. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Mountain getaways are worth a ‘peak’ in summer," 27 July 2019 Schumacher and his brother monks had decided to stay in their monastery in Tibhirine, Algeria, alongside locals during the country’s civil war, despite the threats against them. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019 This January, Polish art collector and businesswoman Grazina Kulczyk opened up Museum Susch on the grounds of a former monastery and brewery, featuring work by women artists. Scott Haas, BostonGlobe.com, "How to afford a trip to expensive Switzerland," 6 Aug. 2019 There are wonderful hikes here, too, such as the 2.4-mile trek up Overlook Mountain to the colorful Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan monastery. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Mountain getaways are worth a ‘peak’ in summer," 27 July 2019 There are wonderful hikes here, too, such as the 2.4-mile trek up Overlook Mountain to the colorful Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan monastery. Amy Tara Koch, The Know, "Mountain getaways outside of Colorado that are worthy of a summer vacation," 24 July 2019 Some came from area monasteries and churches suppressed and sacked after 1789. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dijon’s Masterpiece of a Museum, Brilliantly Renovated," 20 July 2019

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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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monastery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of monastery

: a place where monks live and work together

monastery

noun
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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