[ thee-uh-tin, -tahyn, -teen ]
/ ˈθi ə tɪn, -ˌtaɪn, -ˌtin /


a member of a congregation of regular clerics, founded in Italy in 1524 to combat Protestantism and promote higher morality among Roman Catholics.
a member of a congregation of nuns, founded in Italy in 1583 under the direction of the Theatine fathers.

Origin of Theatine

First recorded in 1590–1600, Theatine is from the New Latin word Theatēnus of Chieti, Italy, where one of the founders held the archbishopric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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