Definition of Trappist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrapɪst/


Relating to or denoting a branch of the Cistercian order of monks founded in 1664 and noted for an austere rule that includes remaining silent for much of the time.
Example sentences
  • The first Trappist monks arrived in Algeria in the nineteenth century in the wake of the French colonial army that took Algiers from the Barbary pirates in 1830.
  • And I know that a year, two years, or even a lifetime as a Trappist monk would not have ‘worked’ either.
  • He went as far as visiting Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where the Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton lived, in 1966.


A member of the Trappist order.
Example sentences
  • That meeting came about during a retreat in Spencer, Massachusetts, at Saint Joseph's Abbey, a monastery operated by the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, commonly known as the Trappists.
  • Just less than two weeks before his decisive return to Kentucky he writes in his journal: ‘(the idea of) going to the Trappists is exciting, it fills me with awe and desire.’
  • Three of the Trappists went back to France, at least temporarily-one who needed treatment for his heart condition; one whose mother was sick; and one novice, still undecided about his vocation, who left to finish his studies.


Early 19th century: from French trappiste, from La Trappe in Normandy.

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