Definition of Carthusian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkärˈTH(y)o͞oZHən/


A monk or nun of an austere contemplative order founded by St. Bruno in 1084.
Example sentences
  • The Carthusians are a contemplative order who devote their lives to considering their faith in silence.
  • One of the earliest orders was that of the Benedictines, established by St Benedict towards the end of the 5th century ad, followed later by the Cluniacs in the 10th century, and the Carthusians and the Cistercians in the 11th century.
  • But it also allows silent monks and nuns to ‘preach,’ as the Carthusians liked to put it, ‘with their hands.’


Relating to the Carthusians.
Example sentences
  • Margaret of Oingt was a nobly born French Carthusian nun who, once she had gained approval from her superiors, wrote a variety of works of remarkable vigour.
  • Poccetti spent most of the 1590s working for various Carthusian houses, including the Certosa of Galluzzo, the Certosa of Pontignano, and the Certosa of Calci (Pisa).
  • Ten months of isolation because of foot and mouth has brought the country's best preserved Carthusian monastery closer to nature.


From medieval Latin Carthusianus, from Cart(h)usia, Latin name of Chartreuse, near Grenoble, France, where the order was founded.

Words that rhyme with Carthusian

Malthusian, Venusian

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Syllabification: Car·thu·sian

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