Meaning of CISTERN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈsis-tərn ]


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

Date: 13th century

1. : an artificial reservoir (as an underground tank) for storing liquids and especially water (as rainwater)

2. : a large usually silver vessel formerly used (as in cooling wine) at the dining table

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.