Definition of cist in English:


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Pronunciation: /sɪst
(also kist)


1 Archaeology An ancient coffin or burial chamber made from stone or a hollowed tree.
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  • He pointed at long flat slabs resting on stone kists.
  • Some bodies were laid out straight, some crouched; some in stone cists, others in hollows in the rubble.
  • Excavations revealed a sarsen stone cist containing a cremation burial accompanied by a bronze awl and a jet pendant.
2A box used in ancient Greece for sacred utensils.


early 19th century: from Latin cista, from Greek kistē 'box'; sense 1 via Welsh.

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