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ˈmɒn əˌstɛr iMonaste·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monasterynoun

    the residence of a religious community


  1. monasterynoun

    Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).

  2. Etymology: From monasterium, from μοναστήριον, from μόνος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monasterynoun

    House of religious retirement; convent. It is usually pronounced, and often written, monastry.

    Etymology: monastere, Fr. monasterium, Lat.

    Then courts of kings were held in high renown;
    There, virgins honourable vows receiv’d,
    But chaste as maids in monasteries liv’d. Dryden.

    In a monastery your devotions cannot carry you so far toward the next world, as to make this lose the sight of you. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monasterynoun

    a house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females


  1. Monastery

    Monastery denotes the building, or complex of buildings, comprising the domestic quarters and workplace of monastics, whether monks or nuns, and whether living in communities or alone. The monastery generally includes a place reserved for prayer which may be a chapel, church or temple, and may also serve as an oratory. Monasteries may vary greatly in size, comprising a small dwelling accommodating only a hermit, or in the case of communities anything from a single building housing only one senior and two or three junior monks or nuns, to vast complexes and estates housing tens or hundreds. A monastery complex typically comprises a number of buildings which include a church, dormitory, cloister, refectory, library, balneary and infirmary. Depending on the location, the monastic order and the occupation of its inhabitants, the complex may also include a wide range of buildings that facilitate self-sufficiency and service to the community. These may include a hospice, a school and a range of agricultural and manufacturing buildings such as a barn, a forge or a brewery. In English usage, the term "monastery" is generally used to denote the buildings of a community of monks. In modern usage "convent" tends to be applied only to institutions of female monastics, particularly communities of teaching or nursing Religious Sisters. Historically, a convent denoted a house of friars, now more commonly called a "friary". Various religions may apply these terms in more specific ways.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monastery

    mon′as-tėr-i, n. a house for monks: an abbey: a convent.—adjs. Monastē′rial, Monas′tic, -al, pertaining to monasteries, monks, and nuns: recluse: solitary.—n. Monas′tic, a monk.—adv. Monas′tically.—ns. Monas′ticism, the corporate monastic life or system of living; Monas′ticon, a book about monasteries and monks.—Monastic vows, the vows which a person takes when entering a monastery—of poverty, chastity, obedience. [L. monasterium—Gr. monastērionmonastēs, a monk—monos, alone.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Monastery

    From the Greek monos, alone. This term expresses an establishment of monks, secluded from one another in cells except when at prayers or at meals; recluses who never go into the outer world at all. A Friary, on the contrary, is a convent whose inmates live in community and go forth to preach among the people.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monastery in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Monastery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Monastery in a Sentence

  1. Arnulf of Milan:

    captured the city of Vercelli, besieged Novara, invaded Como, and destroyed many other places opposed to him. In the end [1014-15], worn down by labor and sickness and deprived of his kingdom, he was content with the monastery named Fruttuaria alone. There, after the regalia had been placed upon the altar and he had donned the habit of a pauper, he fell asleep in his own time

  2. John Keats:

    My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

  3. Martin Bell:

    Mary Ellen saw this little girl dressed like a woman get out of a car in a parking lot alongside the Monastery nightclub. Mary Ellen instantly knew she would be the star of the photographs. Because Mary Ellen was always looking for that. There it was, it.

  4. Agath Gorski:

    The wooden All Saints Monastery of the Svyatogorsk Lavra in Donetsk region is on fire due to Russian shelling! the Lavra dates back to the 1500s. Second time Russia shells it. This is yet another act of Russian barbarism. For them, nothing is sacred.

  5. Manda Forster:

    Aebbe is an extraordinary figure an example of a powerful Anglo-Saxon woman who played a big part in establishing Christianity in the region during the seventh century, now that weve got evidence to pinpoint exactly where her monastery was, we can help bring her story back to life.

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