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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of the main branch of Cistercian monks, characterized by austerity and a commitment to silence, established in 1664 at La Trappe Monastery in northwest France.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of a monastic body, a branch of the Cistercian order.
  • noun In ornithology, a South American puff-bird or fissirostral barbet of the genus Monasa (or Monacha). Also called nun-bird. Both are book-names, given from the somber plumage, which also suggested Monasa. See cut under nun-bird.
  • Of or pertaining to the Trappists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) A monk belonging to a branch of the Cistercian Order, which was established by Armand de Rancé in 1660 at the monastery of La Trappe in Normandy. Extreme austerity characterizes their discipline. They were introduced permanently into the United States in 1848, and have monasteries in Iowa and Kentucky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A monk of the order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (a branch of the Cistercians Roman Catholic religious brotherhood that use a particularly strict interpretation of the Rule of St Benedict).
  • adjective Of or relating to this monastic order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun member of an order of monks noted for austerity and a vow of silence

Etymologies

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From French trappiste, from La Trappe, the name of the place where the order's founder was from.

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