- a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid.
- Anatomy. a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body.
Origin of cistern
Examples from the Web for cistern
He emptied the cistern, and cleansed it, with plentiful washings.Tiverton Tales
He said, no; said the cistern was awful low and 'twould use up all the water.
To prove she was wrong he went and pried the cistern cover off to look, and fell in.
He forced open some of the packing-cases which were piled near the cistern.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
We know the exact geography even of the larder and the cistern.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
- a tank for the storage of water, esp on or within the roof of a house or connected to a WC
- an underground reservoir for the storage of a liquid, esp rainwater
- anatomy another name for cisterna
Word Origin and History for cistern
mid-13c., from Old French cisterne "cistern; dungeon, underground prison" (12c., Modern French citerne), from Latin cisterna "underground reservoir for water," from cista "chest, box," from Greek kiste "box, chest" (see chest).
- A cisterna.