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, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Convent; abbey; priory. See {Cloister}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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