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Meaning of monastery

mon•as•ter•y

Pronunciation: (mon'u-ster"ē), [key]
— pl. -ter•ies.
  1. a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, esp. monks, living in seclusion under religious vows.
  2. the community of persons living in such a place.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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