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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sis-tern]
    • /ˈsɪs tərn/
    • /ˈsɪs.tən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sis-tern]
    • /ˈsɪs tərn/

Definitions of cistern word

  • countable noun cistern A cistern is a container which stores the water supply for a building, or that holds the water for flushing a toilet. 3
  • countable noun cistern A cistern is a container for storing rain water. 3
  • noun cistern a tank for the storage of water, esp on or within the roof of a house or connected to a WC 3
  • noun cistern an underground reservoir for the storage of a liquid, esp rainwater 3
  • noun cistern a large receptacle for storing water; esp., a tank, usually underground, in which rain water is collected for use 3
  • noun cistern a sac or cavity containing a natural body fluid 3

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Origin of cistern

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English cistern(e) < Latin cisterna, equivalent to cist(a) (see cist1) + -erna noun suffix

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Parts of speech for Cistern


cistern popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cistern usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cistern

noun cistern

  • pond — a body of water smaller than a lake, sometimes artificially formed, as by damming a stream.
  • well — in a good or satisfactory manner: Business is going well.
  • tank — to put or store in a tank.
  • cisterna — a sac or partially closed space containing body fluid, esp lymph or cerebrospinal fluid
  • reservoir — a small body of standing water; pond.

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