from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a convent or other religious community.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A new or recent member of a Greek monastic religious order; a caloyer
  • n. A monk who lives in a religious community, rather than in solitude

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a religious order, dwelling in a convent, or a community, in opposition to an anchoret, or hermit, who lives in solitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • n. A social bee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of a religious order living in common


Middle English, from Late Latin coenobīta, from coenobium, convent, from Greek koinobion, from koinobios, living in community : koinos, common; see kom in Indo-European roots + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cenobite or Ecclesiastical Latin coenobita, from coenobium, from Ancient Greek κοινόβιον ("community life, convent"), from κοινός (koinos, "community") + βίος (bios, "life"). (Wiktionary)



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  • google books has a zenobite in the 19th Century

    " When the holy zenobite gave the signal, all present repeated these songs with the ecstatic convulsions which are so frequently to be seen at camp-meetings" books?id=DOwRAAAAYAAJ Putnam's Monthly Journal Vol 10 page 180 in the article Schamyl and his Harem

    other zenobites are written in Latin.

    August 29, 2014

  • Is there a zenobite? ((zen-o-bite) or is that anchored-rite (right)??) anchorite

    August 28, 2014

  • Each hunched in a humming den of lights
    The faithful women and men of nights
    At every net node
    Are inputting code -
    Those blear-eyed software cenobites.

    August 28, 2014