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)

Examples of refectory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The iconic tableau, which attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors annually before the pandemic, is housed in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. CNN, 29 June 2022 Until the fall of the Venetian Republic, the painter’s masterpiece, The Wedding Feast at Cana, hung in the refectory at the monastery. Max Vadukul. Styled By Nicoletta Santoro., Town & Country, 12 June 2022 The refectory had been converted into sleeping quarters, and dozens of mattresses covered the dining tables. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 The loss of the refectory two years ago created an opportunity, as unfortunate as that fire was, to take a leap forward with the long-term vision for Bde Maka Ska, instead of making this congested area even more congested. Star Tribune, 16 May 2021 We were seated at a standard four-top, but the massive refectory tables that ran the length of the hall could have accommodated fifty people each. Michael Deagler, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 The brothers needed dining chairs for their refectory. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 21 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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3 Jul 2022

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“Refectory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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