American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A room where meals are served, especially in a college or other institution.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room of refreshment; an eating-room; specifically, a hall or apartment in a convent, monastery, or seminary where the meals are eaten. Compare fraiter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A room for refreshment; originally, a dining hall in monasteries or convents.
- n. a communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery)
“But here is a Guydo -- the frame alone is worth pounds -- which any lady might be proud to hang up -- a suitable thing for what we call a refectory in a charitable institution, if any gentleman of the Corporation wished to show his munifi cence.”
“But here is a Guydo -- the frame alone is worth pounds -- which any lady might be proud to hang up -- a suitable thing for what we call a refectory in a charitable institution, if any gentleman of the”
“The silence in the Dominican nuns 'refectory is similar to the requirements of other monastic rules, but the Rule focuses on the function that the room serves — a place to hear readings — giving a reason for the practice of silence often lacking in other Rules.”
“At St. Katharinenthal, the refectory is in the north range, but juts out to the east.”
“He asked if she had brought any answer to his note to Mr. Knight, and she told him that she had left it in the schoolroom, as she called the refectory, because he was out.”
“The refectory is a large room, with a long narrow table running all round it – a plain deal table, with wooden benches; before the place of each nun, an earthen bowl, an earthen cup with an apple in it, a wooden plate and a wooden spoon; at the top of the table a grinning skull, to remind them that even these indulgences they shall not long enjoy.”
“In the chapel, a room sadly truncated by the new entrance hall, the physical evidence of Catholicism had been ruthlessly excised, but the cloister retained its tranquillity, and the large, undecorated dining hall could still properly be described as a refectory.”
“Every soul within the enclave came dutifully to Vespers, and supper in the guest-hall as in the refectory was a devout and tranquil feast.”
“This would explain the massiveness of the north wall of the refectory, which is 7 or 8 feet thick, while the other walls are only 2½ or 3 feet.”
“The refectory is a large room, with a long, narrow table running all round it -- a plain deal table, with wooden benches; before the place of each nun, an earthen bowl, an earthen cup with an apple in it, a wooden plate, and a wooden spoon; at the top of the table a grinning skull, to remind them that even these indulgences they shall not long enjoy.”
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