Definition of cistern noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɪstən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪstərn//
House equipment
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a container in which water is stored in a building, especially one in the roof or connected to a toilet See related entries: House equipment Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cisterne, from Latin cisterna, from cista ‘box’, from Greek kistē.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cistern