- a member of an order of monks and nuns founded in 1098 at Citeaux, near Dijon, France, under the rule of St. Benedict.
- of or relating to the Cistercians.
Origin of Cistercian
Examples from the Web for cistercian
Even the storied Red Burgundies made by Cistercian monks were dark pink.Summer in a Glass: Everything’s Coming Up Rosés
June 7, 2014
Some of the Cistercian abbeys in Wales were the warmest supporters of Welsh independence.
Some of the Cistercian monasteries in Ireland refused to admit any Englishman.
With a Cistercian rule, perhaps they might have lasted longer.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson
Other bulls secured by Cistercian nunneries in England are printed by Dugdale.Woman under Monasticism
At length he settled at Hampole, where was a Cistercian nunnery.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
- 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
- (as modifier)a Cistercian monk
Word Origin and History for cistercian
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.