[ trap-ist ]

  1. Roman Catholic Church. a member of a branch of the Cistercian order, observing the austere reformed rule established at La Trappe in 1664.

  1. of or relating to the Trappists.

Origin of Trappist

First recorded in 1805–15, Trappist is from the French word trappiste, based on the name of the monastery. See La Trappe, -ist

Words Nearby Trappist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Trappist in a sentence

  • In the decade after the war, he joined a Trappist monastery, but was forced to leave after contracting tuberculosis.

  • The beds are bad even for England, and I never experienced anything more like a Trappist's couch.

  • They were like evasive Trappist monks, who profess mortification of the flesh, but when it comes to the scratch, don't flog fair.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • The enthusiasm of the bigots reached a climax when the Trappist suddenly stood up in the crowd.

    Mauprat | George Sand
  • The real Trappist went away looking very anxious; the other fell asleep, with his elbows on the table.

    Mauprat | George Sand
  • Once again, then, I revisited this abhorred manor with the ancient chief of the brigands transformed into a Trappist.

    Mauprat | George Sand

British Dictionary definitions for Trappist


/ (ˈtræpɪst) /

    • 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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