refectory

noun
re·​fec·​to·​ry | \ ri-ˈfek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce refectory (audio) \
plural refectories

Definition of refectory

: a dining hall (as in a monastery or college)

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Recent Examples on the Web Cardinal Lajolo added that especially after the scare in Santa Marta, the pope no longer ate in the refectory with the other priests. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "‘We Find Ourselves Afraid.’ The Pope Confronts Coronavirus.," 27 Mar. 2020 Returned to the refectory, the painting sustained slight damage during the momentous flooding of Florence in 1966 but escaped largely unscathed. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Renaissance Nun’s ‘Last Supper’ Painting Makes Public Debut After 450 Years in Hiding," 21 Oct. 2019 The Florentine monastery of Santa Maria Novella acquired the painting in 1817, housing it in the refectory before moving it to a new location around 1865. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Renaissance Nun’s ‘Last Supper’ Painting Makes Public Debut After 450 Years in Hiding," 21 Oct. 2019 The antique refectory of Tupay has exquisitely prepared and presented dinners featuring international dishes; a buffet breakfast with a view of the main patio is served at Illariy. Alice Newell-hanson, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Hotels That Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More," 29 Mar. 2018 The restaurant has the feel of a refectory, but the dinners are great. Geoff Dyer, GQ, "This Hotel Is the Best Place to Stay If You Still Haven't Been to Iceland," 5 Feb. 2018 Architectural alterations in the kitchen yielded a combination of high-performance workspace and unembellished refectory. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A Farmhouse Reborn With Anti-Quaint Décor," 6 July 2017 The complex features four churches, a dining hall, a gavit and a refectory and is the starting point for several hiking trails. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas," 7 June 2017 The complex features four churches, a dining hall, a gavit and a refectory and is the starting point for several hiking trails. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of refectory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for refectory

Middle English, from Anglo-French refectorie, from Late Latin refectorium, from Latin reficere

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“Refectory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refectory. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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refectory

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English Language Learners Definition of refectory

: a large room where meals are served at a place (such as a seminary or monastery) where many people live

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