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[kahr-thoo-zhuh n]Roman Catholic Church
  1. a member of a monastic order founded by St. Bruno in 1086 near Grenoble, France.
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  1. pertaining to the Carthusians.
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Origin of Carthusian

1520–30; < Medieval Latin Cartusiānus, by metathesis from Catursiānus, after Catursiānī (montēs) district in Dauphiné where the order was founded
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Historical Examples of carthusian

  • The breed of the Carthusian horses of Xeres was notoriously the best in Europe.

    Roman Catholicism in Spain


  • These monks were also known as the Chartreusers, or Carthusian Monks.

  • He resolved to quit the world and adopt the Carthusian habit.

  • Bitter as it is to live a Carthusian, it is right sweet to die one.

  • He did not go home for luncheon; he ate in the café at the Carthusian Gate.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for carthusian


  1. 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
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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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