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.
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 Î¼Î¿Î½Î±ÏƒÏ„Î®ÏÎ¹Î¿Î½ (monasterion, “hermit's cell"), from Î¼ÏŒÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (monos, “alone").