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A member of a contemplative monastic order founded by reformist Benedictines in France in 1098.

[French Cistertien, from Medieval Latin Cistercium, Cîteaux, a village of eastern France, site of an abbey.]

Cis·ter′cian adj.


(Roman Catholic Church)
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]


(sɪˈstɜr ʃən)

1. a member of a Benedictine order of monks and nuns founded in 1098 in France.
2. of or pertaining to the Cistercians.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin Cisterciānus= Latin Cisterci(um) place name (now Cîteaux) + -ānus -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cistercian - member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silenceCistercian - member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence
monastic, monk - a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work


A. ADJcisterciense
Cistercian OrderOrden f del Císter
B. Ncisterciense m




[sɪˈstɜːʃən] adj & ncistercense (m)
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He was obviously an ecclesiastic of high rank; his dress was that of a Cistercian Monk, but composed of materials much finer than those which the rule of that order admitted.
They had rambled round by a road which led to the well-known ruins of the Cistercian abbey behind the mill, the latter having, in centuries past, been attached to the monastic establishment.
The Cistercian monks, whose abbey stood there in the thirteenth century, wore no clothes but rough tunics and cowls, and ate no flesh, nor fish, nor eggs.
It had been a Cistercian Convent in old days, when the Smithfield, which is contiguous to it, was a tournament ground.
Charges brought upon the second Thursday after the Feast of the Assumption, in the year of our Lord thirteen hundred and sixty-six, against brother John, formerly known as Hordle John, or John of Hordle, but now a novice in the holy monastic order of the Cistercians.
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Contract notice: Preparation of design documentation interior restoration of the former cistercian complex in owinska.
The PS4,500 gem-encrusted silver gilt cup was taken just minutes before the Cistercian brothers were due to hold their public Eucharist service at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, in Leicestershire, on Sunday.
Final workshop took a look at lives of Cistercian monks WE recently held our last Archaeology Cymru Friday workshop, which was a journey of discovery to the delightful landscape of Monknash, near Wick, in the Vale of Glamorgan.
But the Cistercian monks of the Abbey handed over the management of their electricity bills to Ruthin-based The Energy Company who soon spotted something amiss in their old bills.
The contemplative qualities of Cistercian architecture have been well studied, but Sternberg (architecture, U.
The main tasks were recently concentrated on the subject " The music manuscripts and old-print music collection from the Archive of the Cistercian Abbey in Mogila near Krakow".