refectory

noun

re·​fec·​to·​ry ri-ˈfek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce refectory (audio)
plural refectories
: a dining hall (as in a monastery or college)

Examples of refectory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original is still in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2023 The monastery included a church, refectory, cisterns and cells for the monks, according to a statement by state news agency WAM. Abbas Al Lawati, CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 In a loft, for example, decorators might resort to installing massive sectionals and vast refectory-size slab dining tables, but that is neither the Isaac-sons’ nor New Orleans’s style; the project required finesse. ELLE Decor, 21 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of refectory was in the 15th century

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“Refectory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refectory. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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refectory

noun
re·​fec·​to·​ry ri-ˈfek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce refectory (audio)
plural refectories
: a dining hall
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