• The Gateway of the Monastery Close, Rochester
    The Gateway of the Monastery Close, Rochester
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n monastery the residence of a religious community
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mt. Athos, in northern Greece, likes to call itself an independent country. It has a population of about 4,000 men. No females of any kind, including animals, are allowed. There are twenty monasteries within a space of twenty miles.
    • n Monastery A house of religious retirement, or of secusion from ordinary temporal concerns, especially for monks; -- more rarely applied to such a house for females.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monastery 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. The term, however, strictly includes the abbey, the priory, the nunnery, and the friary, and in this broad use is synonymous with convent. Monasteries in the Christian church were probably first established in the fourth century. St. Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century established a monastic rule which has been the foundation of nearly all the rules which govern monastic vows. Vows under different rules were made from the beginning of Christianity. The number of monasteries in Europe was much diminished at the Reformation, when their rich estates were in part appropriated by sovereigns to their own use, and in part transferred to universities and other educational institutions, etc. We owe to the monasteries the first definite beginnings or revival of civilization in many countries, especially Germany and France, almost all the missionary work of the early middle ages, and the preservation of nearly all ancient classical and early medieval literature. The monastic life has been practised from pre-Christian times among the Buddhists. See rule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monastery mon′as-tėr-i a house for monks: an abbey: a convent
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  • John Keats
    “My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. monasterium, Gr. , fr. a solitary, a monk, fr. to be alone, live in solitude, fr. mo`nos alone. Cf. Minister
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. monasterium—Gr. monastērionmonastēs, a monk—monos, alone.


In literature:

There was no monastery, not even a plan of one.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
His monastery was far up, on the top of the great rock in which the cave was.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
Like the St. Edmund's Monastery itself!
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
A thousand monasteries were suppressed and their wealth added to the crown.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
But there were monasteries and monasteries.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
A separate entrance led from the monastery into the temple.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
In this place he founded two monasteries, which were to be the origin of the city of Ghent (610).
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
But every Burman boy expects to spend some time, though it may be only a week or a month, in a monastery.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
A novitiate had to be passed, and young boys were to be educated in the monastery, but were not expected to become monks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Chin Tien Monastery, on summit of Omei Shan, 193-199.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall

In poetry:

Golden lights and lengthening shadows,
Flings the splendid sun declining,
O'er the monastery garden
Rich in flower, fruit and foliage.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
He heard, across the howling seas,
Chime convent-bells on wintry nights;
He saw, on spray-swept Hebrides,
Twinkle the monastery-lights;
"Saint Brandan" by Matthew Arnold
On a fateful day, an unlucky time,
Unannounced, it may happen thus:
Stifling, blacker still than a monastery
Utter madness descends on us.
"On a fateful day, an unlucky time" by Boris Pasternak
What words they taught were nails to scratch the head.
Benignant works explained the chanting brood.
Their monastery lit black solitude,
As one might think a star that heavenward led.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
The vine-leaf shadows darkened in the cell--
And barefoot friars passed the close-shut door;
At vespers rang the monastery bell,
Yet still he lay, unheeding, where he fell,
Cross of black outstretched upon the floor.
"Jean De Breboeuf" by Virna Sheard

In news:

President Obama lauched a three-day tour of Southeast Asia in Bangkok on Sunday, touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk through the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok on Sunday.
Scattered Remains of the Santa Maria de Ovila Monastery.
He was a longtime member of the St Thomas of Villanova Monastery community.
It's sad that the nuns of Mount Benedict Monastery are planning to leave the Ogden area after almost 70 years in the Top of Utah.
Mt Sinai, Egypt, is shown in the background of St Catherine's Monastery.
The teak on interior walls was salvaged from a monastery in Thailand.
Monastery opens its doors for a "day of mindfulness ," which includes lunch.
"It's much more challenging than we would imagine," said Carolyn Cronin, 64, who lives near the monastery and regularly attends the mindfulness days.
President Obama lauched a three-day tour of Southeast Asia in Bangkok on Sunday, touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery .
Larry Cannon, Monastery Beach, Carmel, watercolor, 13 x 21.
This photo taken on March 11, 2012 shows a Tibetan monk outside the restive Kirti monastery in China's southwestern province of Sichuan.
Monastery chaplain honored at 100th birthday.
Another Tibetan dies after setting himself on fire near monastery in western China.
Moscow's Sretensky Monastery Choir embarks on US tour.

In science:

This reluctance is closely related to the deep origins of the modern (experimental) physics, which stays in the Middle Age occidental monasteries.
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements
There have been several conjectures about the fate of Ma jorana, including suicide, a retreat in a monastery and a flight to a foreign country .
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
The material is presented as a sequence of problems, which is peculiar not only to Zen monasteries but also to elite mathematical education (at least in Russia).
Basic differential geometry as a sequence of interesting problems
The (s, r)-colouring problem (s-COLr ) asks for a colouring of the vertices of G that uses at most s colours, never assigns ∗A preliminary version of this work was presented at the 37th International Workshop on GraphTheoretic Concepts in Computer Science (Tepl´a Monastery, Czech Rep., June 2011).
The Complexity of the Empire Colouring Problem