refectory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Middle English from Late Latin refectorium, from Latin reficere.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈfɛkt(ə)ɹi/

Noun[edit]

refectory (plural refectories)

  1. A dining-hall, especially in an institution such as a college or monastery.
    • 1973, Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow:
      With a clattering of chairs, upended shell cases, benches, and ottomans, Pirate's mob gather at the shores of the great refectory table, a southern island well across a tropic or two from chill Croydon.

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