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

  • n. A self-sustaining cooperative community of the followers of Fourierism. Also called phalanx.
  • n. The buildings in such a community.
  • n. An association resembling a Fourierist phalanstery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An association or community organized on the plan of Charles Fourier, with living space divided hierarchically and higher pay for those carrying out unpopular tasks.
  • n. The dwelling house of a Fourierite community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An association or community organized on the plan of Fourier. See Fourierism.
  • n. The dwelling house of a Fourierite community.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The building or buildings occupied as a dwelling by a community living together and having goods and property in common as proposed by Fourier. See Fourierism.
  • n. A communal house of a primitive tribe.

Etymologies

French phalanstère : phalange, phalanx (from Latin phalanx, phalang-; see phalanx) + (mona)stère, monastery (from Late Latin monastērium; see monastery).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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