[fal-uh n-ster-ee]

noun, plural phal·an·ster·ies.

(in Fourierism)
  1. the buildings occupied by a phalanx.
  2. the community itself.
any similar association, or the buildings they occupy.

Origin of phalanstery

1840–50; < French phalanstère, blend of phalange phalanx and monastère monastery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -steries

(in Fourierism)
  1. buildings occupied by a phalanx
  2. a community represented by a phalanx
any similar association or the buildings occupied by such an association

Word Origin for phalanstery

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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