- 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 monastērium ; see monastery . )