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n. pl. monk·er·ies Often Offensive
1. Monastic life or practices.
2. Monks considered as a group.
3. A monastery.


n, pl -eries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) monastic life or practices
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a monastery or monks collectively


(ˈmʌŋ kə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. the mode of life of monks; monastic life.


1. Often Contemptuous. thecustoms, practices, etc., of monks.
2. a group or community of monks.
3. a monastery.
See also: Monks and Nuns


 monks collectively, 1549; monkdom, 1883; monk-ship, 1620.
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It soon transpired that the eclipse had scared the British world almost to death; that while it lasted the whole country, from one end to the other, was in a pitiable state of panic, and the churches, hermitages, and monkeries overflowed with praying and weeping poor creatures who thought the end of the world was come.