cenobite

or coe·no·bite

[see-nuh-bahyt, sen-uh-]

noun

a member of a religious order living in a convent or community.

Origin of cenobite

1630–40; < Late Latin coenobīta, equivalent to coenob- (< Greek koinóbios (adj.) conventual, living together, equivalent to koino- ceno-2 + bi- bi-2 + -os adj. suffix) + -īta -ite1
Related formsce·no·bit·ic [see-nuh-bit-ik, sen-uh-] /ˌsi nəˈbɪt ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-/, ce·no·bit·i·cal, ce·no·bi·an [si-noh-bee-uh n] /sɪˈnoʊ bi ən/, adjectivece·no·bit·i·cal·ly, adverbce·no·bit·ism [see-nuh-bahy-tiz-uh m, sen-uh-] /ˈsi nəˌbaɪ tɪz əm, ˈsɛn ə-/, noun
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Related Words for cenobite

nun, celibate, religious, monk

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British Dictionary definitions for cenobite

cenobite

noun

a variant spelling of coenobite
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Word Origin and History for cenobite
n.

also coenobite, "member of a communal religious order," 1630s, from Church Latin coenobita "a cloister brother," from coenobium "a convent," from Greek koinobion "life in community, monastery," from koinos "common" (see coeno-) + bios "life" (see bio-).

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