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Cistercian

[si-stur-shuh n] /sɪˈstɜr ʃən/
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 relating to the Cistercians.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin Cisterciānus < Latin Cisterci(um) placename (now Cîteaux) + -ānus -an
Related forms
Cistercianism, noun
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Cistercian

/sɪˈstɜːʃən/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a Cistercian monk
Word Origin
C17: from French Cistercien, from Medieval Latin Cisterciānus, from Cistercium (modern Cîteaux), original home of the order
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Word Origin and History for Cistercian
adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to the Cistercian order of monks," with -an + Medieval Latin Cistercium (French Cîteaux), site of an abbey near Dijon, where the monastic order was founded 1098 by Robert of Molesme. As a noun, "monk of the Cistercian order," from 1610s.

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