- The definition of a monastery is the building where a group of religious people such as monks or nuns live together.
- An example of a monastery is a group of monks who all live and pray together.
- An example of a monastery is a big old stone building where a group of nuns live.
monastery definition by Webster's New World
- a building or residence for monks or others who have withdrawn from the world for religious reasons
- those living there
Origin: Middle English monasterie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin monasterium ; from Ecclesiastical Late Greek monastērion ; from Classical Greek monazein, to be alone ; from monos, alone: see mono-
- monasterial adjective
monastery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mon·as·ter·ies
- A community of persons, especially monks, bound by vows to a religious life and often living in partial or complete seclusion.
- The dwelling place of such a community.
Origin: Middle English monasterie, from Old French monastere, from Late Latin monastērium, from Late Greek monastērion, from Greek monazein, to live alone, from monos, alone; see men-4 in Indo-European roots.
- monˌas·teˈri·al adjective