What do you call the small rooms that monks and nuns sleep in? I am in the middle of a Spanish Translation class and the professor is insisting that the correct English word for "celdas" is not "cells". He says that the English word "cell" (in a room context) only refers to a prison cell. Of course he doesn't tell me what he thinks the right word is. 35 years ago I was consulting at a Trappist monastery and I am almost certain that they did call them cells. All of my paper and online dictionaries verify my memory. I have a call into a friend of mine who is a nun, but she is a little difficult to contact. Two personal sources would sure go a long way to backing up my books.