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



BrE BrE//ˈkwɒrəntiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrəntiːn//
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[uncountable] a period of time when an animal or a person that has or may have a disease is kept away from others in order to prevent the disease from spreading The dog was kept in quarantine for six months. quarantine regulations See related entries: Pets Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Italian quarantina ‘forty days’, from quaranta ‘forty’.
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