noun (plural monasteries)
A building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows.
- In the middle of the 19th century abbot of the monastery was a monk named Genadii.
- Soon the effects of the new teaching were widely felt, with monks and nuns leaving their monasteries and convents.
- Wine has always had spiritual and religious significance, and monks and monasteries have long been regarded as playing a crucial part in wine history.
Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek monastērion, from monazein 'live alone', from monos 'alone'.
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