convent vs. monastery


Is it true that ‘convent’ means a building for female catholic religious community and ‘monastery’ means for male one? Do we need to use the definite article with names of monasteries, convents and churches?

Thanks in advance!

Hello Irene, in general terms that’s almost true, but there are Anglican convents and monasteries too.

Convent: A Christian community under monastic vows, especially one of nuns.
Monastery: A community of people, especially monks or nuns, living under religious vows.

convent is called nunerry as well. (my dictionary), (old-fashioned, according to another dictionary of the same quality)

Note the spelling, E2: nunnery.