noun The·a·tine \ˈthē-ə-ˌtīn, -ˌtēn\

Definition of Theatine

  1. :  a priest of the Order of Clerks Regular founded in 1524 in Italy by St. Cajetan and Gian Pietro Caraffa to reform Catholic morality and combat Lutheranism



Origin and Etymology of theatine

New Latin Theatinus, from Latin Teatinus inhabitant of Chieti, from Teate Chieti, Italy

First Known Use: circa 1598

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