Definition of charterhouse in US English:



  • A Carthusian monastery.

    • ‘It was Michael Northburgh who suggested to Mauny the foundation of a charterhouse and asked to be associated with it.’
    • ‘He founded a cell in both the London and the Coventry charterhouses, and was a visitor to, and benefactor of, the Hull charterhouse.’
    • ‘In 1702 he was vicar at the charterhouse of Bruges.’
    • ‘In 1695 he was transferred with his novices to the charterhouse of Brussels.’
    • ‘By contrast, the large figure paintings that he executed for the charterhouses of Granada and El Paular, near Segovia, are comparatively bland and conventional.’
    religious house, religious community
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman Chartous, Old French Chartreuse, from medieval Latin Carthusius, from Cart(h)usia (see Carthusian): assimilated to charter + house.