monkery

noun
monk·ery | \ˈməŋ-kə-rē \
plural monkeries

Definition of monkery 

1 : monastic life or practice : monasticism

2 : a monastic house : monastery

First Known Use of monkery

circa 1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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