Monastery meaning

mŏnə-stĕrē
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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.

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A community of persons, especially monks, bound by vows to a religious life and often living in partial or complete seclusion.
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Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).
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The dwelling place of such a community.
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A building or residence for monks or others who have withdrawn from the world, as for religious contemplation.
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Those living there.
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Origin of monastery

  • Middle English monasterie from Old French monastere from Late Latin monastērium from Late Greek monastērion from Greek monazein to live alone from monos alone men-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin monastÄ“rium, from Ancient Greek μοναστήριον (monasterion, “hermit's cell"), from μόνος (monos, “alone").

    From Wiktionary