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[fal-uh n-ster-ee]
noun, plural phal·an·ster·ies.
  1. (in Fourierism)
    1. the buildings occupied by a phalanx.
    2. the community itself.
  2. any similar association, or the buildings they occupy.
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Origin of phalanstery

1840–50; < French phalanstère, blend of phalange phalanx and monastère monastery
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Historical Examples

  • Is the phalanstery to be prohibited from capitalizing and lending at interest?

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon

  • This system, with some peculiar additions and embellishments, is the idea of the phalanstery.

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon

  • Nothing could be more unlike the phalanstery of the Cour d'Orlans, or the frank, free comradeship of Nohant.

  • A bee-line is the shortest distance between the Phalanstery and By Allen's.

  • Any two meals at a boarding-house are together less than one meal at the Phalanstery.

British Dictionary definitions for phalanstery


noun plural -steries
  1. (in Fourierism)
    1. buildings occupied by a phalanx
    2. a community represented by a phalanx
  2. any similar association or the buildings occupied by such an association
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Word Origin

C19: from French phalanstère, from phalange phalanx, on the model of monastère monastery
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Word Origin and History for phalanstery


1846, from French phalanstère, name for one of the socialistic communities of c.1,800 people, living together as family, proposed as the basic unit of society in the system of French social scientist François-Marie-Charles Fourier (1772-1837), coined by Fourier from phalange, properly "phalanx" (see phalanx) + ending after monastère "monastery."

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