Cistercian

Cistercian

[si-stur-shuhn]
noun
1.
a member of an order of monks and nuns founded in 1098 at Citeaux, near Dijon, France, under the rule of St. Benedict.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Cistercians.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin Cisterciānus < Latin Cisterci(um) placename (now Cîteaux) + -ānus -an

Cistercianism, noun
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Cistercian (sɪˈstɜːʃən)
 
n
a.  Also called: White Monk a member of a Christian order of monks and nuns founded in 1098, which follows an especially strict form of the Benedictine rule
 b.  (as modifier): a Cistercian monk
 
[C17: from French Cistercien, from Medieval Latin Cisterciānus, from Cistercium (modern Cîteaux), original home of the order]

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Cistercian
c.1600, from L. *Cistercianus (now Cîteaux), site of an abbey near Dijon, where the monastic order was founded 1098 by Robert of Molesme.
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