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Cistercian

[si-stur-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a member of an order of monks and nuns founded in 1098 at Citeaux, near Dijon, France, under the rule of St. Benedict.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Cistercians.
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Origin of Cistercian

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin Cisterciānus < Latin Cisterci(um) placename (now Cîteaux) + -ānus -an
Related formsCis·ter·cian·ism, noun
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Cistercian

noun
    1. Also called: White Monka member of a Christian order of monks and nuns founded in 1098, which follows an especially strict form of the Benedictine rule
    2. (as modifier)a Cistercian monk
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Word Origin

C17: from French Cistercien, from Medieval Latin Cisterciānus, from Cistercium (modern Cîteaux), original home of the order
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Word Origin and History for cistercian

Cistercian

adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to the Cistercian order of monks," with -an + Medieval Latin Cistercium (French Cîteaux), site of an abbey near Dijon, where the monastic order was founded 1098 by Robert of Molesme. As a noun, "monk of the Cistercian order," from 1610s.

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