Definition of cist in English:


Syllabification: cist
Pronunciation: /sist, kist
(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 'basket'; sense 1 via Welsh.

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