noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French refectorie, from Late Latin refectorium, from Latin reficere Date: 15th century a dining hall (as in a monastery or college)

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  • Refectory — Re*fec to*ry ( [ o]*r[y^]), n.; pl.; {Refectories} ( r?z). [{LL}. refectorium: cf. F. r[ e]fectoire. See {Refection}.] A room for refreshment; originally, a dining hall in monasteries or convents. [1913 Webster] Note: Sometimes pronounced r[e^]f… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refectory — late 15c., from M.L. refectorium, from reficere to remake, restore, from re (see RE (Cf. re )) + facere (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • refectory — The recommended pronunciation is with the stress on the second syllable, although in some religious houses the stress is placed on the first …   Modern English usage

  • refectory — ► NOUN (pl. refectories) ▪ a room used for communal meals, especially in an educational or religious institution …   English terms dictionary

  • refectory — [ri fek′tər ē] n. pl. refectories [LME < LL refectorium < pp. of L reficere: see REFECTION] a dining hall in a monastery, college, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Refectory — Trapeza redirects here; for the prehistoric Greek settlement, see Trapeza, Crete . A refectory (also frater, frater house, fratery) is a dining room, especially in monasteries, boarding schools and academic institutions. One of the places it is… …   Wikipedia

  • Refectory —    A dining hall in a monastery where meal taking is permeated with the spirit of prayer and meditation. In the Renaissance, the religious nature of the refectory was often emphasized by the paintings that decorated the walls. These usually… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • refectory — UK [rɪˈfekt(ə)rɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms refectory : singular refectory plural refectories a large room in a school or university where you eat your meals with a lot of other people …   English dictionary

  • refectory — [[t]rɪfe̱ktəri[/t]] refectories N COUNT A refectory is a large room in a school, university or other institution, where meals are served and eaten. Syn: canteen …   English dictionary

  • refectory — n. (pl. ies) a room used for communal meals, esp. in a monastery or college. Phrases and idioms: refectory table a long narrow table. Etymology: LL refectorium f. L reficere refresh (as RE , facere make) …   Useful english dictionary

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