Share this entry

Share this page

phalanstery

Line breaks: phal¦an|stery
Pronunciation: /ˈfalanˌst(ə)ri
 
/

Definition of phalanstery in English:

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'.

Definition of phalanstery in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure