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My father wants to name our house as a place to study and rest. Is there any single short word which means this. Any suggestion are welcome.

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If you don't mind the religious inflection, consider naming your house The Sabbath, which pays attention to both the place and time of rest. – SEL Apr 29 '14 at 10:08


A secluded room for study or relaxation.

You can consider snuggery also

a cosy and comfortable place or room

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Ranch - a one story house with a low pitch roof : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ranch%20house

Cabin - a small house of simple design : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cabin?s=t

Cottage - a small one-story house : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cottage

Chalet - a herdsman's hut in the Swiss Alps, or a ski or vacation facility of similar design : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/chalet?s=t

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Studio captures part of your requirements. The house could be called The Studio.

Muse "to think about something carefully or thoroughly" again, only captures part. The house could be called The Muse.

Retreat as in a place to go to get away from it all to think and relax.

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Consider "retreat" and "nest."

nest: a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.

retreat: a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy.

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try these:

sanctum- A private place from which most people are excluded

atelier - A workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.

retreat- a period or place of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation

haven - A place of safety or refuge

all definitions are from oxford dictionary

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Suggestions on the serious side:

  • The Study
  • The Library

I have fell asleep in more than one study and library. Actually I might have slept more than been awake in each.

On the lighter side I suggest:

  • The Couch
  • The Coffee House

You certainly study and rest a lot on a couch and in a coffee house.

And my favorite is a bit poetic and more than one word:

  • Under the Willow Tree

When I picture someone under a willow tree they are either napping or reading a book or both.

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from Old French meditacion "thought, reflection, study", and directly from Latin meditationem (nominative, meditatio), "a thinking over, meditation," from meditatus, pp. of meditari "to meditate, to think over, consider," frequentative form from PIE base *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise" (cognates: Greek medesthai "think about," medon "ruler," Latin modus "measure, manner," [...] mederi "to heal," medicus "physician," ...)

The verb meditate which Oxford Dictionaries define as:

  1. Focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation 1.1. (meditate on/upon) Think deeply about (something): he went off to meditate on the new idea

Thus to name a home Meditation suggests a place which provides the space and necessary conditions to think things over in a calm reflective manner (i.e. to study something in depth) and at the same time, achieve a state of deep relaxation and inner calmness. In other words, a place where to rest one's body and mind.

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