a member of a Christian order founded in approximately 1135 by St Gilbert of Sempringham, composed of nuns who followed the Cistercian rule and Augustinian canons who ministered to them. It was the only religious order of English origin and never spread to Europe


of, relating to, or belonging to this order

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Examples from the Web for gilbertine

Historical Examples of gilbertine

  • Differing from settlements of the Gilbertine order, in which there were lay sisters also.

  • The property of the Gilbertine canons was added in the xvi century.


    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • Yet if a pretty Gilbertine would look her best, that must be her costume.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Gilbertine etiquette appears defective on the point of leave-taking.

    In the South Seas

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • It was Dorothy, and not Gilbertine, whom he had seen leaving the room.

    Room Number 3

    Anna Katharine Green