cistern

noun
cis·​tern | \ ˈsi-stərn How to pronounce cistern (audio) \

Definition of cistern

1 : an artificial reservoir (such as an underground tank) for storing liquids and especially water (such as rainwater)
2 : a large usually silver vessel formerly used (as in cooling wine) at the dining table
3 : a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism

Examples of cistern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Architectural styles like modern farmhouse and midcentury modern will surround a pocket park with a stand of mature trees, native plants and a cistern to irrigate the site. Dallas News, "Hoffmann Homes to build in East Dallas’ new green community," 17 Jan. 2021 The apartments were originally where the servants cooked, did laundry, at one time there was a cistern in the basement. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 20 Charter Oak Place, Hartford," 11 Dec. 2020 And should the Ghost of Christmas Future visit, you will be shown not your own neglected tombstone but a photograph of a cistern, somewhere in Africa. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The secret economics of Christmas adverts, unwrapped," 4 Dec. 2020 Confronting the impossibilities by drawing from this cistern of riches. The Enquirer, "Much to be thankful for. A few prayers of thanksgiving to remind us of that.," 26 Nov. 2020 The family got through a fence, fell into the cistern at some point last night and were discovered Sunday morning, according to a Mountain Dell employee. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah wildlife officials try to save moose trapped in golf course cistern where her calves drowned," 20 Sep. 2020 If your place is more permanent and close to a road, buying a large cistern and having water delivered to it for cents on the gallon is usually the most cost-effective option. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Set Up an Off-the-Grid Getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 From there, the water was either stored in a cistern or exited the house through the sewer system. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Cisterns and abandoned rainleaders," 6 Oct. 2020 The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is responding to a call at Mountain Dell Golf Course after a family of moose became trapped in a cistern on the grounds. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah wildlife officials try to save moose trapped in golf course cistern where her calves drowned," 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cistern

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cistern

Middle English, from Latin cisterna, from cista box, chest — more at chest

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The first known use of cistern was in the 13th century

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26 Jan 2021

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“Cistern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cistern. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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cistern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cistern

US : an underground container that is used for collecting and storing rainwater
British : a tank that holds the water for a toilet
British : a tank on the roof of a building that holds water for the building

cistern

noun
cis·​tern | \ ˈsi-stərn How to pronounce cistern (audio) \

Kids Definition of cistern

: an artificial reservoir or tank for storing water usually underground

cistern

noun
cis·​tern | \ ˈsis-tərn How to pronounce cistern (audio) \

Medical Definition of cistern

: a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism

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