- Roman Catholic Church. a member of a branch of the Cistercian order, observing the austere reformed rule established at La Trappe in 1664.
- of or relating to the Trappists.
Origin of Trappist
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Examples from the Web for trappist
In the decade after the war, he joined a Trappist monastery, but was forced to leave after contracting tuberculosis.Spain’s Mad Monk Has Built a Massive Cathedral Entirely by Hand
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And the Trappist left quietly, while Durtal remained thinking.
The Trappist remained silent, and did not assist him at all.
I learnt from the monk that he was a Trappist, and that he was making a penitential tour.
Since the Trappist's visit, the chevalier had entered, as it were, upon a fresh term of life.
The result of this incident was a fresh triumph for the Trappist.
- a member of a branch of the Cistercian order of Christian monks, the Reformed Cistercians of the Strict Observance which originated at La Trappe in France in 1664. They are noted for their rule of silence
- (as modifier)a Trappist monk
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Word Origin and History for trappist
1814, from French trappiste, Cistercian monk of reformed order established 1664 by abbot De Rancé of La Trappe in Normandy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper