Meaning of Maurist in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɔːrɪst/


Christian Church
  • Of or relating to the French Benedictine congregation of St Maur, founded in 1618 and famous for its scholarship.

    The congregation flourished towards the end of the 17th century, numbering 180 monasteries in 1700, but was suppressed in 1790 by the Revolutionary government and finally dissolved by Pius VII in 1818.


Christian Church
  • A member of the congregation of St Maur.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Alban Butler (1709–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer. From the name of the French Benedictine Congregation of St-Maur, founded in 1618 (from the name of St Maur, French form of the name of St Maurus (d. 584), a Roman disciple of St Benedict, and founder of the abbey of Glanfeuil (afterwards St-Maur-sur-Loire), adopted as patron of the congregation) + -ist.