One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a monastic community.
abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monkView synonyms
- ‘A cenobite is usually a monk in a monastery, as opposed to an anchorite, who is a monk living alone (also called an ‘eremite’ or ‘hermit’).’
Late Middle English: from Old French cenobite or ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, via late Latin from Greek koinobion ‘convent’, from koinos ‘common’ + bios ‘life’.
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