What does kistvaen mean?

Definitions for kistvaen

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word kistvaen.


  1. kistvaen(Noun)

    A stone coffin in the form of a pit covered with earth and surrounded by stones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kistvaen(noun)

    a Celtic monument, commonly known as a dolmen

  2. Origin: [W. cist-faen.]


  1. Kistvaen

    A kistvaen or cistvaen is a tomb or burial chamber formed from flat stone slabs in a box-like shape. If set completely underground, it may be covered by a tumulus. The word is derived from the Welsh cist and maen. The term originated in relation to Celtic structures, typically pre-Christian, but in antiquarian scholarship of the 19th and early 20th centuries it was sometimes applied to similar structures outside the Celtic world. One of the most numerous kinds of kistvaen are the Dartmoor kistvaens. These often take the form of small rectangular pits about 3 ft. long by 2 feet wide. The kistvaens were usually covered with a mound of earth and surrounded by a circle of small stones. When a body was placed in the kistvaen, it was usually lain in a contracted position. Sometimes however the body was cremated with the ashes placed in a cinerary urn.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kistvaen

    kist′vā-en, n. a burial-chamber made of flat stones, and shaped like a chest. [W. cist, chest, maen, stone.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kistvaen in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kistvaen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Images & Illustrations of kistvaen

  1. kistvaenkistvaenkistvaen


Find a translation for the kistvaen definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these kistvaen definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"kistvaen." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/kistvaen>.

Are we missing a good definition for kistvaen? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for kistvaen:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.