- a prehistoric tomb made of stone slabs or hollowed out of rock
- in ancient times, a box or chest, esp. one containing sacred utensils
Origin of cistClassical Latin cista ; from Classical Greek kist? (see chest); cistsense via Welsh kist faen, literally , stone coffin
Origin of cistLatin cista, from Greek kist&emacron;.
Origin of cistShort for Welsh cist faen, stone chest : cist, chest (ultimately from Latin cista, box; see cist1) + maen, stone.
- A small receptacle for sacred utensils carried in festivals in ancient Greece
Latin cista, from Ancient Greek κίστη (kistē).
- (archaeology) A crypt cut into rock, chalk, or a tree trunk, especially a coffin formed by placing stone slabs on edge and topping them with a horizontal slab or slabs.