monastery

[ mon-uh-ster-ee ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌstɛr i /

noun, plural mon·as·ter·ies.

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.

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Origin of monastery

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Late Latin monastērium, from Late Greek monastḗrion “monk house,” originally, “hermit's cell,” equivalent to monas-, variant stem of monázein “to be alone” + -tērion neuter adjective suffix denoting place; see mono-

OTHER WORDS FROM monastery

mon·as·te·ri·al [mon-uh-steer-ee-uhl], /ˌmɒn əˈstɪər i əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for monastery

monastery
/ (ˈmɒnəstərɪ, -strɪ) /

noun plural -teries

the residence of a religious community, esp of monks, living in seclusion from secular society and bound by religious vows

Derived forms of monastery

monasterial (ˌmɒnəˈstɪərɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for monastery

C15: from Church Latin monastērium, from Late Greek monastērion, from Greek monázein to live alone, from monos alone
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