phalanstery

noun
phal·​an·​stery | \ ˈfa-lən-ˌster-ē How to pronounce phalanstery (audio) \
plural phalansteries

Definition of phalanstery

1a : a Fourierist cooperative community
b : a self-contained structure housing such a community
2 : something resembling a Fourierist phalanstery

First Known Use of phalanstery

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for phalanstery

French phalanstère dwelling of a Fourierist community, from Latin phalang-, phalanx + French -stère (as in monastère monastery)

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“Phalanstery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phalanstery. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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