Definition of refectory in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈfɛkt(ə)ri/

noun (plural refectories)

A room used for communal meals in an educational or religious institution.
Example sentences
  • Brendan and his companions are taken to the refectory for a delicious meal.
  • ‘We took our meals in the refectory and questioned the monks about their decisions to become Benedictines,’ said Schlaht.
  • The rest of the buildings - including the library, the refectory, the day room and the monks' cells (from the Latin cella rather than from any notion of prison, they assured me) were all out of bounds.


Late Middle English: from late Latin refectorium, from Latin reficere 'refresh, renew', from re- 'back' + facere 'make'.

Words that rhyme with refectory

directory, ex-directory, interjectory, rectory, trajectory

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