- a socialist community as planned by F. M. C. Fourier
- any communal association
- the buildings housing such a community
Origin of phalansteryFrench phalanstère ; from phalange, phalange + (mona)stère, monastery
- a. A self-sustaining cooperative community of the followers of Fourierism. Also called phalanx.b. The buildings in such a community.
- An association resembling a Fourierist phalanstery.
Origin of phalansteryFrench phalanstère : phalange, phalanx (from Latin phalanx, phalang-; see phalanx) + (mona)stère, monastery (from Late Latin monast&emacron;rium; see monastery).