Definition of refectory in English:


nounPlural refectories

  • A room used for communal meals in an educational or religious institution.

    • ‘The band spent the day at school and had lunch at the refectory before tearing into a performance of questionable educational value.’
    • ‘A new refectory and kitchen will provide a place where pensioners can get a cooked meal daily.’
    • ‘Brendan and his companions are taken to the refectory for a delicious meal.’
    • ‘In the end, not only was he not prosecuted, he was allowed to install his painting in the refectory of the Dominican house of SS Giovanni e Paolo without making a single alteration, except to the title.’
    • ‘The Pugin Centre will also offer meeting rooms, an education suite and a café refectory, as well as the possibility for an East Manchester Museum.’
    • ‘You share brief, frugal meals with the monks in the refectory, then it's back to your cell to pray - for salvation, inspiration, or deliverance, take your pick.’
    • ‘The rest of the buildings - including the library, the refectory, the day room and the monks' cells (from the Latin cella rather than from any notion of prison, they assured me) were all out of bounds.’
    • ‘‘We took our meals in the refectory and questioned the monks about their decisions to become Benedictines,’ said Schlaht.’
    • ‘On the left side next to the staircase, there is a corridor which leads to the refectory, the kitchen and six hermit cells.’
    • ‘It also holds catering contracts at a number of hospitals and runs the refectories and restaurants at many businesses around the world.’
    • ‘They were then invited to lunch in the convent refectory.’
    • ‘After chapel service, dinner was served in the refectory, and the students went to bed at 8.30.’
    • ‘The cars are filling up fast for this special visit to Winchester Cathedral with lunch in the refectory and a special tour, followed by Evensong.’
    • ‘The enormous building would easily convert into lecture halls, seminar rooms, accommodation areas, refectories and departmental offices.’
    • ‘We were up at 5am for chapel service, after which we trooped to the refectory for breakfast.’
    • ‘In November, CCTV cameras were installed in the entranceway to the College and over the Christmas vacation, further cameras were introduced in the refectory.’
    • ‘A big hit with students has been the large refectory, which has a New York-style diner serving food and good-quality coffee, Don's Pizzeria, a Stopgap shop selling snacks and sandwiches and a Ritazza coffee bar.’
    • ‘Among the buildings of special interest are the first and the oldest Uspensky Cathedral of the Assumption, built in 1497, the Church of the Archangel Gabriel with an attached bell tower and a refectory.’
    • ‘The earliest buildings, dating from the 19th century, feature uneven wooden floors and small, deep-set windows that create the air of a monastery refectory.’
    • ‘What would be wrong in a works canteen or a student refectory may be acceptable or tolerable or not worth making a fuss over in a night club.’
    restaurant, cafeteria, mess hall
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Late Middle English: from late Latin refectorium, from Latin reficere ‘refresh, renew’, from re- ‘back’ + facere ‘make’.