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Monasteries

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monastery

Origin: L. Monasterium, Gr, fr. A solitary, a monk, fr. To be alone, live in solitude, fr. 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.

Synonym: Convent, abbey, priory. See Cloister.