from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. 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).
  • adj. Of or relating to this monastic order.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a monastic body, a branch of the Cistercian order.
  • n. 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.

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


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


  • The abbey belongs to the Austro-Hungarian Congregation Communis observantiœ in which the observance, both as regards spirit and tradition, is allied far more closely to that of the Black Monks of St. Benedict, than to the reform of Abbot de Rancé, commonly known as the Trappist

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • The pour: The Trappist is the opposite of a hole-in-the-wall.

    Paste Magazine

  • Recently a place called the Trappist opened in Oakland.

    Podium Cafe

  • In the meantime, it suffices to say that only a very, very few breweries in the world can call themselves "Trappist".

    For Those Of You In Northwestern Wisconsin

  • Of course, other breweries can produce similar beers, but none can be called "Trappist" or, even "trappist-style".

    MBR In Chicago – Lost Abbey, Inferno Ale

  • It mean something in the way that "Trappist" means something.

    Barleywine Week(s): Stone Old Guardian

  • The term "Trappist" is more of an appellation than a specific style.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • Chimay has been brewed at Scourmont Abbey in the south of Belgium since 1862 and is one of only six Belgian beers to carry the '' Trappist '' certification.

    The Canberra Times

  • Whatever else the controversial new contraceptive mandate may have done, already it has achieved the unthinkable: Joe Biden is now as silent and reclusive as a Trappist monk.

    Obama and the 'Bitter' Clingers—Round Two

  • Ideology is to these homilists what ale is to the Trappist: a stimulating attractant that may pull unbelievers toward the larger cause of loyal listenership.

    The Listener


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