Definition of cenobium in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈnəʊbɪəm/
(also coenobium)

noun (plural cenobia /səˈnəʊbɪə/)

A monastery: many pilgrims flocked to the cenobium in search of the monk
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  • Yet communal life in the cenobium brought "the world" into the monastery, which became its microcosm.
  • All the brothers begged pardon from him for their previous ignorance and they brought him back to his own cenobium.
  • One year after the founding of the monastery of the Cave, Sabas established another cenobium, later named after its first abbot, John Scholarius.


Early 19th century: ecclesiastical Latin coenobium, from Greek koinobion 'community life, convent', from koinos 'common' + bios 'life'.

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