CENOBITES (from Gr., common, and , life), monks who lived together in a convent or community under a rule and a superior, - in contrast to hermits or anchorets who live in isolation. The Basilians (q.v.) in the East and the Benedictines (q.v.) in the West are the chief cenobitical orders (see Monasticism).
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)