n. Place of residence for members of a religious community (especially monks).
the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
n. A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females.
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
n. A house or other place of residence occupied in common by persons seeking religious seclusion from the world: commonly applied to such a house exclusively used by monks.
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n. the residence of a religious community
"Originally the term monastery designated, both in the East and in the West, the dwelling either of a solitary or of a community; while caenobium, congregatio, fraternitas, asceterion, etc. were applied solely to the houses of communities."
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