Definition of cenobium in English:


Line breaks: ceno|bium
Pronunciation: /səˈnəʊbɪəm
(also coenobium)

noun (plural cenobia /-bɪə/)

A monastery: many pilgrims flocked to the cenobium in search of the monk
More example sentences
  • Often individual anchorites were attached to a cenobium, where they might return for communal worship.
  • Most monks will remain in the 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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