- a box or chest, especially for sacred utensils.
Origin of cist1
- a prehistoric sepulchral tomb or casket.
Origin of cist2
Examples from the Web for cist
The cist lay in a small chamber, the body on its left side, with head to the north.El Kab
Nothing was found in them but some sand which had fallen in on opening the cist.
Within it was found a cist containing two skeletons nearly entire.
In this case the cist lay north and south, but the head was laid at the south end.
In a cist discovered in 1790, under a large cairn in the parish of Kilbride, the skeleton lay with its head to the east.
- a wooden box for holding ritual objects used in ancient Rome and Greece
- archaeol a box-shaped burial chamber made from stone slabs or a hollowed tree trunk
Word Origin and History for cist
"sepulchral chest or chamber," 1804, in some cases from Latin cista "wickerwork basket, box," from Greek kiste "box, chest" (see chest); according to OED, in some cases from Welsh cist in cist faen "stone coffin," the first element of which is from the Latin word.