Trappist

Trappist

[trap-ist]
noun
1.
Roman Catholic Church. a member of a branch of the Cistercian order, observing the austere reformed rule established at La Trappe in 1664.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Trappists.

Origin:
1805–15; < French trappiste, based on the name of the monastery. See La Trappe, -ist

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Trappist (ˈtræpɪst)
 
n
a.  a member of a branch of the Cistercian order of Christian monks, the Reformed Cistercians of the Strict Observance which originated at La Trappe in France in 1664. They are noted for their rule of silence
 b.  (as modifier): a Trappist monk

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Trappist
1814, from Fr. trappiste, Cistercian monk of reformed order est. 1664 by abbot De Rancé of La Trappe in Normandy.
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