monastery

  • 1 Monastery — of St. Nilus on Stolbnyi Island in Lake Seliger near Ostashkov, Russia, ca. 1910 …

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  • 2 monastery — (n.) c.1400, from O.Fr. monastere monastery (14c.) and directly from L.L. monasterium, from Eccles. Gk. monasterion a monastery, from monazein to live alone, from monos alone (see MONO (Cf. mono )). With suffix terion place for (doing something) …

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  • 3 Monastery — Mon as*te*ry, n.; pl. {Monasteries}. [L. monasterium, Gr. ?, fr. ? a solitary, a monk, fr. ? to be alone, live in solitude, fr. mo nos alone. Cf. {Minister}.] A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns,… …

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  • 4 monastery — *cloister, convent, nunnery, abbey, priory …

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  • 5 monastery — [n] place where monks live abbey, cloister, friary, house, lamasery, priory, religious community; concepts 368,439,516 …

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  • 6 monastery — ► NOUN (pl. monasteries) ▪ a community of monks living under religious vows. ORIGIN Greek monast rion, from monazein live alone …

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  • 7 monastery — [män′ə ster΄ē] n. pl. monasteries [ME monasterie < LL(Ec) monasterium < LGr(Ec) monastērion < Gr monazein, to be alone < monos, alone: see MONO ] 1. a building or residence for monks or others who have withdrawn from the world for… …

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  • 8 monastery — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ the great monastery of St Quentin ▪ ancient, medieval, old ▪ ruined ▪ …

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  • 9 MONASTERY —    Western European monastic communities began to develop into more formalized brick and stone architectural compounds during the reign of Charlemagne in the 800s. Monasteries, which function as a place of prayer and are inhabited by people… …

    Historical Dictionary of Architecture

  • 10 monastery — UK [ˈmɒnəst(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈmɑnəˌsterɪ] noun [countable] Word forms monastery : singular monastery plural monasteries a building where a group of monks (= a religious community of men) lives and works …

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  • 11 monastery — monasterial /mon euh stear ee euhl/, adj. /mon euh ster ee/, n., pl. monasteries. 1. a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, esp. monks, living in seclusion under religious vows. 2. the community of persons living in… …

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  • 12 Monastery — The place where a community of monks lived their lives according to the rules of their order. They lived within the confines of their community s buildings, not going into the world. In the 8c and 9c, many monasteries were founded by aristocratic …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 13 monastery — mon|as|ter|y [ manə,steri ] noun count a building where a group of MONKS (=a religious community of men) lives and works: a medieval monastery …

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  • 14 monastery — [[t]mɒ̱nəstri, AM teri[/t]] monasteries N COUNT A monastery is a building or collection of buildings in which monks live …

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  • 15 monastery — noun the monastery was temporarily occupied by Nazis Syn: religious community; friary, abbey, priory, nunnery, cloister, convent …

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  • 16 monastery — noun (plural teries) Etymology: Middle English monasterie, from Late Latin monasterium, from Late Greek monastērion, from Greek, hermit s cell, from monazein to live alone, from monos single more at monk Date: 15th century a house for persons… …

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  • 17 monastery — noun /ˈmɒnəstɹi,ˈmɑːnəstɛɹi/ Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks). See Also: monastic, monasticism …

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  • 18 monastery — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. cloister, lamasery, abbey, convent, priory. See temple. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. abbey, priory, religious community; see cloister 1 . See Synonym Study at cloister . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n.… …

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  • 19 monastery — mon|as|tery [ˈmɔnəstri US ˈma:nəsteri] n plural monasteries [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: monasterium, from Greek, from monazein to live alone , from monos; MONO ] a place where ↑monks live →↑convent, nunnery ↑nunnery …

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  • 20 monastery — see MONK …

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