- the period, orig. 40 days, during which an arriving vessel suspected of carrying contagious disease is detained in port in strict isolation
- the place where such a vessel is stationed
- any isolation or restriction on travel or passage imposed to keep contagious diseases, etc. from spreading
- the state of being quarantined
- a place where persons, animals, or plants having contagious diseases, etc. are kept in isolation, or beyond which they may not travel
- any period of seclusion, social ostracism, etc.
Origin of quarantineItalian quarantina, literally , space of forty days from quaranta, forty from Classical Latin quadraginta from base of quattuor, four
transitive verb-·tined·, -·tin·ing
- to place under quarantine
- to isolate politically, commercially, socially, etc.