To retain in obligatory isolation or separation, as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
Other Word Forms of Quarantine
Origin of Quarantine
Italian quarantena from Venetian dialectal Italian quarantine of a ship (so called because the length of the quarantine was typically forty days) from Old Italian quarantina period of forty days (such as one designated for fasting or penance) from quaranta forty from Latin quadrāgintā kwetwer- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Italian quarantina (“forty"), from quarantina giorni (“forty days"), the period Venetians customarily kept ships from plague-ridden countries waiting for off port), from quaranta (“forty"), from Latin quadraginta (“forty")
Directly from Latin quadraginta (“forty")
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