Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given (in modern times) to a heated room in medieval monasteries where the community assembled for the purpose of reading or recreation.

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Examples

  • Cadfael was in the warming-house with the rest of the brothers, about a quarter of an hour before Compline, when a lay brother from the guest-hall came enquiring for him.

    A Rare Benedictine

  • Brethren were not allowed to congregate in any other part of the conventual buildings, except when they went into the frater, or dining-hall, for their meals, or at certain hours in certain seasons into the warming-house

    The Care of Books

  • Brethren were not allowed to congregate in any other part of the conventual buildings, except when they went into the frater, or dining-hall, for their meals, or at certain hours in certain seasons into the warming-house (_calefactorium_).

    Libraries in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods The Rede Lecture Delivered June 13, 1894

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