• WordNet 3.6
    • n refectory a communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Refectory A room for refreshment; originally, a dining hall in monasteries or convents.☞ Sometimes pronounced rĕf"ĕk*to*ri, especially when signifying the eating room in monasteries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refectory A room of refreshment; an eating-room; specifically, a hall or apartment in a convent, monastery, or seminary where the meals are eaten. Compare fraiter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Refectory the place where refections or meals are taken, esp. in convents or monasteries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. refectorium,: cf. F. réfectoire,. See Refection
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. refectioreficĕre, refectumre-, again, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

But, possibly, just such as came from those of the Tintern and Bolton Brethren when around the refectory table.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The old refectory of the monks is the most distinctive feature of the present house.
"The Cornish Riviera" by Sidney Heath
The grand hall was twenty feet by fifteen, the armoury half the size, the refectory fourteen by fourteen.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
We have tea in the refectory at four o'clock.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Kefele Mesjedi (p. 257), which at first sight resembles a single hall church roofed, in wood, was a refectory.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
At twelve all the children, big and little, sat down to dinner in the refectory with the nuns.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
The refectory, without any other ornament than the bold ribs of its vaulted roof, and a dado of late tiles, is far more pleasing.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
This was formerly in the refectory of S. Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
The refectory 50 feet long, 30 wide, 28 high.
"A Walk from London to Fulham" by Thomas Crofton Croker
The remains consist of the church, abbot's lodgings, refectory, and dormitory.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The refectory was common; and they ate meat several days in the week.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
He did this in the refectory where there was a convenient step up at the end.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The refectory of the convent, being preserved, afterwards became the Whitefriars Theatre.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But now it has come forth, confirmed and consecrated, to be read in the refectory, ere long in the church.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The interior of the refectory is very fine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
The common refectory is at present let to strangers, together with other portions of the convent.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
They were even obliged to eat in this court-yard, having no refectory.
"Paris" by William Walton
But when I had gained the refectory, I saw a monk standing by the door.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The Dominican refectory is used as a chapel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The Preacher closed the church, but they sang all the more lustily in the refectory.
"Klytia" by George Taylor

In poetry:

The wandering breaths of cattle come
Towards his fastness, and the hum
From paper homes of wasps, and cries
Of bees in their refectories.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb
"Let heathen Yule fires flicker red
Where thronged refectory feasts are spread;
With mystery-play and masque and mime
And wait-songs speed the holy time!
"The Mystic’s Christmas" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Refectory Restaurant & Bistro.
Savvy Alive voters have bestowed three awards on the Refectory this year, and one is for its impressive 700 labels of vino.
If you can't ignite a spark with your date over the fine wine and artfully plated food at the beautiful Refectory , you should probably get another date.
The Vegan Special at the Refectory Cafe: grilled tofu, black beans, hominy, okra and avocado tacos, with radish, pumpkin seeds and fresh salsa.
If you don't have a coveted Duke University parking pass, you could probably grow your own tomatoes in the time it takes to plant your car near one of the Refectory cafes on West Campus.
Complete details for The Refectory Cafe.
Christopher Peacock 's Refectory furniture collection is a modern interpretation inspired by monastic dining rooms, prep school dining halls, and Ivy League and English University eating quarters.
Refectory Restaurant & Bistro edition.
It's no wonder readers gave their hearts - and votes - to the refined Refectory in this cuddling-up category.
Leonardo da Vinci laid his Last Supper on a refectory table draped in a white cloth.