- 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 trappists
Dost thou then hold with the Trappists that meat is an evil?Dreamers of the Ghetto
Trappists bowed respectfully as they entered the court yard.En Route
J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
"I wonder how Trappists enjoy their meals," I finally remarked.A Top-Floor Idyl
George van Schaick
The Trappists have a book of gestures, and are often allowed to converse by signs.The Garden Of Allah
How I should like him to lay his next scene in a community of Trappists!
- 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
Word Origin and History for trappists
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
Until recent years, Trappists took a vow of silence, under which they were rarely allowed to speak to one another. They were allowed to speak only during worship, to their superiors, and to guests at their monasteries.
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