Trap·​pist ˈtra-pist How to pronounce Trappist (audio)
: a member of a reformed branch of the Roman Catholic Cistercian Order established by the Abbot de Rancé in 1664 at the monastery of La Trappe in Normandy
Trappist adjective

Examples of Trappist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be recognized by the International Trappist Association, products must be made within the surroundings of an abbey under the supervision of monks or nuns, and profits should be devoted to the monastic community, the Trappist Order or development projects and charitable works. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 11 July 2023 Road, Trappist, Kentucky, 40051Phone: (502)-549-3117 The Abbey of Gethsemani is home to a group of about 40 Roman Catholic Trappist Monks that live about an hour south of Louisville and have been receiving guests for 175 years, according to its website. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 3 June 2023 One of my Utah Trappist monk friends, Brother Nick Prinster, a rugged cattle rancher, also understood suffering and its meaning. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022

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Word History


French trappiste, from La Trappe, France

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Trappist was in 1814

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“Trappist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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