Meaning of CISTERN in English

CISTERN

ˈsistə(r)n noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista box, chest — more at chest

1. : an artificial reservoir or tank for holding or storing water or other liquids ; specifically : an often underground tank for storing rainwater collected from a roof

2.

a. obsolete : laver

b. obsolete : a large vessel for use (as in cooling wine) at the dining table

3. : a natural reservoir : a hollow place containing water

4. : a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism

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