Definition of Cellite in US English:

Cellite

noun

  • A member of a Roman Catholic order of hospitallers, now known as Alexians, dedicated to the care of the sick and the mentally infirm. Frequently attributive or as adjective Compare Alexian.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bale (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian. From post-classical Latin cellita monk who lives in a cell from classical Latin cella + -īta, so called either on account of the cells which they inhabited or on account of their practice of burying the dead.

Pronunciation

Cellite

/ˈsɛlʌɪt/