Definition of phalanstery in English:

Share this entry

phalanstery

Pronunciation: /ˈfalanˌst(ə)ri/

noun (plural phalansteries)

A group of people living together in a community and holding property in common.
Example sentences
  • For them, architecture, not symbolic clothing, was central to planning the ideal community, which they called the ‘phalanstery’ (an amalgam of ‘phalanx’ and ‘monastery’).
  • The central part of the Palace or Phalanstery ought to be appropriated to peaceful uses, and contain the dining-halls, halls for finance, libraries, study, etc.
  • Fourier believed a radically egalitarian society could be organized into a confederation of communes or phalansteries.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French phalanstère (used by Charles Fourier in his socialist scheme for the reorganization of society), blend of Latin phalanx 'band (of soldiers), group' and French monastère 'monastery'.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.