- 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.
The definition of a monastery is the building where a group of religious people such as monks or nuns live together.
- a building or residence for monks or others who have withdrawn from the world, as for religious contemplation
- those living there
Origin of monasteryMiddle English monasterie from Ecclesiastical Late Latin monasterium from Ecclesiastical Late Greek monast?rion from Classical Greek monazein, to be alone from monos, alone: see mono-
- 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 of monasteryMiddle 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.
- Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).
From Latin monastÄ“rium, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¿Î½Î±ÏƒÏ„Î®ÏÎ¹Î¿Î½ (monasterion, “hermit's cell"), from Î¼ÏŒÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (monos, “alone").