Definition of monastery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnəst(ə)ri/

noun (plural monasteries)

A building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows.
Example sentences
  • 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.
religious house, religious community;
Buddhism  vihara, lamasery;
Islam  tekke;
Indian  ashram
historical charterhouse, cell
rare coenobium, coenoby


Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek monastērion, from monazein 'live alone', from monos 'alone'.

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