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[trap-ist] /ˈtræp ɪst/
Roman Catholic Church. a member of a branch of the Cistercian order, observing the austere reformed rule established at La Trappe in 1664.
of or relating to the Trappists.
Origin of Trappist
First recorded in 1805-15, Trappist is from the French word trappiste, based on the name of the monastery. See La Trappe, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the vow of silence which Boone had taken with the grave solemnity of a Trappist monk was no longer a dependable bulwark.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • The Trappist remained silent, and did not assist him at all.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • The beds are bad even for England, and I never experienced anything more like a Trappist's couch.

  • The result of this incident was a fresh triumph for the Trappist.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • The war of the Jesuit is with the world; the war of the Trappist is with himself.

  • He remembered the days he had once passed in the Trappist monastery of Gethsemane.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • That is because the monastery selects its people; and if a Trappist does not like it he can leave it.

    Preface to Androcles and the Lion George Bernard Shaw
  • The Trappist does not walk beyond the enclosures except by permission.

  • The Trappist was in front of two mummies, explaining something, and he wanted Csar to translate what he was saying.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
British Dictionary definitions for Trappist


  1. a member of a branch of the Cistercian order of Christian monks, the Reformed Cistercians of the Strict Observance which originated at La Trappe in France in 1664. They are noted for their rule of silence
  2. (as modifier): a Trappist monk
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Word Origin and History for Trappist

1814, from French trappiste, Cistercian monk of reformed order established 1664 by abbot De Rancé of La Trappe in Normandy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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