The·​a·​tine ˈthē-ə-ˌtīn How to pronounce Theatine (audio)
: 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
Theatine adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Theatine was circa 1598

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“Theatine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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