Definition of Trappist in US English:



  • Relating to 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.

    • ‘On their Yaak hike, though, I picture the laughter vaporizing and the good monk freezing in his tracks as the landscape itself suddenly raises the question: what Trappist cedars?’
    • ‘Their demigod status comes from being the first guys to bring Trappist ales to Philly and the first to put Chimay on permanent tap anywhere outside Belgium.’
    • ‘I also made the mistake of trying a malty Belgian Trappist beer that was 11% alcohol.’
    • ‘However, the truth that Boris is struggling to hide will eventually come between them and threaten their love for each other - because Boris is a Trappist monk who has run away from his monastery and abandoned his calling.’
    • ‘I want to free the word contemplative from its captivity in Buddhist and Trappist monasteries and reclaim it for people like ourselves.’
    • ‘He spent some time as a Trappist monk, then moved to Nazareth.’
    • ‘Father Behrens was a diocesan priest in Newark, New Jersey, prior to his decision to enter the Trappist monastery in Conyers, Georgia, where he now lives and writes.’
    • ‘Of less renown are the ales of Wallonia's other Trappist breweries, Orval and Rochefort, the latter's being the most rare of the Wallonian Trappists.’
    • ‘The strictness of the Trappist order has contributed to the maintenance of their brewing tradition - any Trappist beer is guaranteed to be well-crafted, pure and steeped in history.’
    • ‘How much would the detailed study of a serial killer or a Trappist monk reveal about typical human behaviour?’
    • ‘He went as far as visiting Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where the Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton lived, in 1966.’
    • ‘‘If you're a Trappist monk and you oppose partnership they won't bother you, but if you shout it from the rooftops, you're marked,’ said one trade unionist.’
    • ‘In the postwar years, there had been a tremendous surge in Trappist vocations among returning veterans and others, inspired largely by the popularity of Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain.’
    • ‘His lovely book tells the tale of Brother Antoine, a young Canadian who enters a Trappist monastery in the 1970s to the dismay of his family.’
    • ‘This is a weird multi-threaded story in which physicists at the Vatican conduct experiments that may have turned a Trappist monk into the reincarnation of God.’
    • ‘The young monk in the gift shop helped me pick it out, along with a couple of books by Thomas Merton and a loaf of brown Trappist bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The best known are Trappist ales from Belgian monasteries.’
    • ‘Merton, as a Trappist monk, wrote openly of his continuing difficulties with Abbot James at Gethsemani, even of falling in love with a nurse in Louisville.’


  • A member of the Trappist order.

    • ‘His reflections on daily life with the Trappists are funny, wise, and often profound - resembling Kathleen Norris's The Cloister Walk, but a bit less thematically structured and more down to earth.’
    • ‘Finding even the rule of the Trappists too comfortable, he set himself up in a tiny stone cell in the Sahara.’
    • ‘I am not a Trappist but what I have learned from him has been tremendously valuable to my life.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On my first attempt to spend time with the Trappists at Spencer, I was unable to get a room at the abbey, so I stayed at Mary House, about a mile away.’
    • ‘In late 1993, after a threatening visit from a group of terrorists, a group of French Trappists living in Algeria rethought and then reaffirmed their decision to maintain their Christian presence in the country.’
    • ‘I am not an angel, a Trappist or a lily of the field.’
    • ‘In a remarkable way, the Trappists ' desire to remain as a peaceful presence of the church in Algeria extended even to the extremists who threatened their lives.’
    • ‘One thinks in this connection of the Cistercians and Trappists as reformed branches of the Benedictine order, and of the Discalced Carmelites, who conducted a thoroughgoing reform of their order in sixteenth-century Spain.’
    • ‘He also taught in Latin America and went on an extended retreat with the Trappists.’
    • ‘The Trappists appealed to a form of self-abnegation that appears regularly in the history of Catholic spirituality.’
    • ‘Of less renown are the ales of Wallonia's other Trappist breweries, Orval and Rochefort, the latter's being the most rare of the Wallonian Trappists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He became a Trappist, sent to make a novitiate near Syria.’


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