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  • n  a communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery)

  • ONE August night in 1943, a British bomb fell on the little refectory of Milan's Santa Maria delle Grazie.
  • The refectory of Milan's convent church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Da Vinci painted the jfresco, was damp to start with.
  • The 1st Armored Division's big brass band was noodling through jazz standards like Take the A Train while 550 soldiers sat at refectory tables, looking hungry and impatient to .
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  • Mark Singer: Jonah Disend throws a bar-mitzvah party for Redscout.
    Please. No one is criticizing. No one. It just needs to be made clear that the noisy celebration (mostly from the music—oy) one recent weeknight in the vaulted-ceilinged brass-chandeliered refectory of the General Theological Seminary, in Chelsea—an event attended by hundreds of stylish strivers . . . (Subscription required.)
    Jan. 6, 2014 - The New Yorker

  • Jane Seymour in Times Online
    It's the perfect refectory table for the era,says Seymour, patting its satin oak surface. "Narrow, so you can have satisfactory conversations across it. It will easily seat 15."

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