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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwɒɹ.ən.tiːn/, /ˈkwɒɹ.ən.taɪn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkwɑɹ.ən.tin/, /ˈkwɔɹ.ən.tin/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Directly from Latin quadraginta (forty)


quarantine (plural quarantines)

  1. A desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days according to the Bible
  2. A grace period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband's home, regardless of the inheritance

Etymology 2[edit]

From Italian quarantina (forty), from quarantina giorni (forty days), (the period Venetians customarily kept ships from plague-ridden countries waiting off port)[1], from quaranta (forty), from Latin quadraginta (forty)

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quarantine (countable and uncountable, plural quarantines)

  1. A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed to be infected.
  2. Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
  3. A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease.
  4. A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they've been infected with a contagious disease.
  5. (by extension) Any rigorous measure of isolation, regardless of the reason.
  6. A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
  7. (computing) A place where email messages or other files which are suspected of harboring a virus are stored.
Derived terms[edit]
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quarantine (third-person singular simple present quarantines, present participle quarantining, simple past and past participle quarantined)

  1. To retain in obligatory isolation or separation, as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
  2. To put in isolation as if by quarantine
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quarantine f

  1. plural of quarantina