[sis-teen, -tin, -tahyn]


of or relating to any pope named Sixtus.

Also Sixtine.

Origin of Sistine

1860–65; < Italian Sistino, pertaining to Sisto man's name (< Latin Sextus (Medieval Latin Sixtus), special use of sextus sixth); see -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sistine

Historical Examples of sistine

  • She would not have him sent for—he never liked to be disturbed when he was at the Sistine.


    Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

  • The Sistine Chapel was the most beautiful apartment in the Vatican.

    Great Artists, Vol 1.

    Jennie Ellis Keysor

  • It was as if one should see the Leonardo on the ceiling of the Sistine.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • You cannot go with me behind the lattice of the Sistine choir!


    F(rancis) Marion Crawford

  • On them was hung an exquisite engraving—the Sistine Madonna and Child.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

Word Origin and History for sistine



1769, literally "pertaining to Pope Sixtus," from Italian sistino, from Sixtus, name of five popes, from Latin sextus "sixth" (see Sextus). The "chapel" is named for Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere), pope 1471-84, who had it built. The painting by Raphael known as the Sistine Madonna is so called because it also shows Sixtus II, a 3c. martyr and saint; it is better known now for the two cherubs at the bottom of the picture who by 1900 were well-known in isolation from the rest of the picture in engravings, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper