An example of to quarantine is to keep a sick girl away from her classmates.
An example of quarantine is a dog kennel at a customs office.
The government's quarantine of the animals.
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
- Directly from Latin quadraginta (“forty")