[ kahr-thoo-zhuh n ]
/ kɑrˈθu ʒən /
Roman Catholic Church


a member of a monastic order founded by St. Bruno in 1086 near Grenoble, France.


pertaining to the Carthusians.

Origin of Carthusian

1520–30; < Medieval Latin Cartusiānus, by metathesis from Catursiānus, after Catursiānī (montēs) district in Dauphiné where the order was founded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carthusian


/ (kɑːˈθjuːzɪən) /


RC Church
  1. a member of an austere monastic order founded by Saint Bruno in 1084 near Grenoble, France
  2. (as modifier)a Carthusian monastery

Word Origin for Carthusian

C14: from Medieval Latin Carthusianus, from Latin Carthusia Chartreuse, near Grenoble

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Word Origin and History for carthusian



late 14c., from Latin Cartusianus, in reference to an austere order of monks founded 1086 by St. Bruno at Chartreux, village in Dauphiné, France.

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