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.
- mon·as·te·ri·al [mon-uh-steer-ee-uhl], /ˌmɒn əˈstɪər i əl/, adjective
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How to use monastery in a sentence
For those who make the trip, head to the astonishing Tiger’s Nest monastery to appreciate spectacular views and architectural genius at an altitude of over 10,000 feet.
They were hiking to the monastery when they walked into this scene.
The monastery sits at 10,240 feet above sea level and clings to a cliff like a reptile on a vertical wall.
I wonder if you've come across this and have any thoughts, or if I should just move to a monastery and be silent for the rest of my life.Carolyn Hax: Her heart isn’t hurtful, but her voice can sound like it is | Carolyn Hax | April 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Historians have long known that medieval monasteries and universities hosted many deep thinkers engaged in sophisticated intellectual enterprises.‘The Light Ages’ illuminates the science of the so-called Dark Ages | Tom Siegfried | January 8, 2021 | Science News
A Spaniard by birth, Victor Serna left home shy of his 14th birthday and entered the monastery to become a Marist brother.
In 2008, his monastery was in desperate need of funds and Vreeland decided to lend a hand with his first photography exhibition.
Opposite is a red-brick monastery leaning like an ocean liner in the snow.
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 | Joshua Carroll | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When he emerged from the Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, his enlightenment was followed with an all too worldly disaster.
In this place was a famous monastery, or temple, which would be an object of much interest and wonder to Yung Pak.
Passing through the gate, our friends found themselves at once in the midst of the Chang-an-sa monastery buildings.
It would be impossible to tell in detail about all the strange things Yung Pak saw at this monastery.
He made his way to Ireland, landed in his own province, and went to a monastery to hear mass.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
To his right and far away lay a village, monastery buildings, a tall bare tower—St. Julien—very small; he must have travelled far.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for monastery
the residence of a religious community, esp of monks, living in seclusion from secular society and bound by religious vows
- monasterial (ˌmɒnəˈstɪərɪəl), adjective
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