What does quarantine mean?

Definitions for quarantine
ˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-quar·an·tine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarantinenoun

    enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

  2. quarantineverb

    isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

  3. quarantineverb

    place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons

    "My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quarantain, Quarantinenoun

    The space of forty days, being the time which a ship, suspected of infection, is obliged to forbear intercourse or commerce.

    Etymology: quarantain, Fr.

    Pass your quarantine among some of the churches round this town, where you may learn to speak before you venture to expose your parts in a city congregation. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Quarantine

    A quarantine is a restriction on the movement of people and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease or pests. It is often used in connection to disease and illness, preventing the movement of those who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, but do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis. It is distinct from medical isolation, in which those confirmed to be infected with a communicable disease are isolated from the healthy population. Quarantine considerations are often one aspect of border control. The concept of quarantine has been known since biblical times, and is known to have been practised through history in various places.


  1. quarantine

    Quarantine is a period of isolation or restriction on movement imposed as a public health measure to prevent the spread of a contagious disease. This practice intends to limit and control exposure to pathogens by keeping the infected or possibly infected individuals separate from healthy individuals. Quarantine can be implemented for people, animals, or materials, and it can be used in homes, healthcare facilities, or specialized facilities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarantinenoun

    a space of forty days; -- used of Lent

  2. Quarantinenoun

    specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed

  3. Quarantinenoun

    the period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized

  4. Quarantineverb

    to compel to remain at a distance, or in a given place, without intercourse, when suspected of having contagious disease; to put under, or in, quarantine

  5. Etymology: [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.]


  1. Quarantine

    Quarantine "is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.". The term is often erroneously used synonymously with isolation, which is "to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy.".The word comes from the Italian quarantena, meaning forty-day period. Quarantine can be applied to humans, but also to animals of various kinds. Quarantine can apply to humans and animals as part of border control, as well as within a country.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quarantine

    kwor′an-tēn, n. a forced abstinence from communication with the shore which ships are compelled to undergo when they are last from some port where certain infectious diseases are raging—the time originally forty days: (coll.) the isolation of a person, house, district, &c. afflicted with or recovering from contagious disease.—v.t. to prohibit from intercourse from fear of infection.—adj. Quarantin′able, admitting of, or controlled by, quarantine.—Quarantine flag, a yellow flag displayed by a ship to signify the presence on board of contagious disease. [Fr. quarantaine—L. quadraginta, forty—quatuor, four.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quarantine

    the prescribed time, generally 40 days (hence the name), of non-intercourse with the shore for a ship suspected of infection, latterly enforced, and that very strictly, in the cases of infection with yellow fever or plague; since November 1896, the system of quarantine as regards the British Islands has ceased to exist.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Quarantine

    Restriction of freedom of movement of individuals who have been exposed to infectious or communicable disease in order to prevent its spread; a period of detention of vessels, vehicles, or travelers coming from infected or suspected places; and detention or isolation on account of suspected contagion. It includes government regulations on the detention of animals at frontiers or ports of entrance for the prevention of infectious disease, through a period of isolation before being allowed to enter a country. (From Dorland, 28th ed & Black's Veterinary Dictionary, 17th ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. quarantine

    Is, at most, a seclusion of forty days, from a free communication with the inhabitants of any country, in order to prevent the importation of the plague, or any other infectious disorder, either by persons or goods. The quarantine laws originated in the Council of Health at Venice in the fourteenth or fifteenth century. (See LAZARETTO.)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Quarantine

    Agreeably to the French quarantaine, the period of a ship’s detention outside a port in the circumstances of infectious disease should be forty days.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarantine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarantine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of quarantine in a Sentence

  1. Alessandra Ambrosio:

    I have always eaten healthy and that has not changed during the quarantine. I try to eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, but since I had multiple birthdays during this time there is an occasional piece of cake incorporated in my diet.

  2. Gary Bettman:

    We are working particularly with the Canadian government about determining how we can deal with moving from the training camp phase to a possible hub in Canada, because obviously if the players would have to quarantine for 14 days in between training camp and going to the hub, that wouldn't work.

  3. Rebecca Katz:

    Quarantine is a word that people respond to very strongly, but it's actually one of the strongest tools in the public health tool kit, but because it curtails civil liberties, most public health officials are very wary to utilize it.

  4. Will Welch:

    On one hand we can't do traditional photo shoots or in-person reporting during social distancing and self-quarantine, on the other, there is so much powerful technology at our disposal that we get to harness in new ways. So we're doing meetings on Zoom, asking subjects to photograph themselves, going live on Instagram, asking artists and other creative people in our community to make stuff for us, and doing our reporting over the phone.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if the rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol, the current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested.

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