- a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, especially monks, living in seclusion under religious vows.
- the community of persons living in such a place.
Origin of monastery
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Examples from the Web for monastery
A Spaniard by birth, Victor Serna left home shy of his 14th birthday and entered the monastery to become a Marist brother.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
In 2008, his monastery was in desperate need of funds and Vreeland decided to lend a hand with his first photography exhibition.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
On Sunday Than Dar held the last of the funeral rites for her husband with a food donation ceremony at a monastery.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
To many at the time—clerics in particular—attacking a monastery or church would have seemed irrational.How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible Reputation
September 17, 2014
These days the monastery and motels house people who had to leave Sloviansk.Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk
June 10, 2014
There came into his head the idea of enriching the monastery.
Thus the monastery would be enriched and all the monks get fat.
Monks also erected crosses to mark the boundaries of the property of their monastery.
The infirmary seems to have been the most cheerful place in the monastery.
The author was evidently amazed at all the sights which he witnessed in the monastery.
- the residence of a religious community, esp of monks, living in seclusion from secular society and bound by religious vows
Word Origin and History for monastery
c.1400, from Old French monastere "monastery" (14c.) and directly from Late Latin monasterium, from Ecclesiastical Greek monasterion "a monastery," from monazein "to live alone," from monos "alone" (see mono-). With suffix -terion "place for (doing something)." Originally applied to houses of any religious order, male or female.