Cis·​ter·​cian si-ˈstər-shən How to pronounce Cistercian (audio)
: a member of a monastic order founded by St. Robert of Molesme in 1098 at Cîteaux, France, under Benedictine rule
Cistercian adjective

Examples of Cistercian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fort Worth Trinity Valley came the closest to dethroning John Cooper last season, but will face stiff competition from Cistercian, Houston Christian and Fort Worth Country Day. Peter Rauterkus, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2023 Only beers brewed in monasteries with the active involvement of Roman Catholic Cistercian monks are classified as Trappist products, and there is just one in Britain — Tynt Meadow, a dark English ale that is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 11 July 2023 For all of her glamour, Coco Chanel was heavily influenced by her childhood years living at a Cistercian Abbey in Aubazine, Corrèze. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 1 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Medieval Latin Cistercium Cîteaux

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cistercian was in 1611

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“Cistercian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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