[ sis-tern ]
/ ˈsɪs tərn /


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

1250–1300; Middle English cistern(e) <Latin cisterna, equivalent to cist(a) (see cist1) + -erna noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cistern

/ (ˈsɪstən) /


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

Derived forms of cistern

cisternal (sɪˈstɜːnəl), adjective

Word Origin for cistern

C13: from Old French cisterne, from Latin cisterna underground tank, from cista box
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Medical definitions for cistern

[ sĭstərn ]


A cisterna.
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