Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English quarentine, from Medieval Latin quarentīna (forty days), from Latin quadrāgintā (forty).

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quarantine (plural quarantines)

  1. The 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 2Edit

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


quarantine (countable and uncountable, plural quarantines)

  1. A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed or feared to be infected.
    • 2020 March 20, Keoni Everington, “Next 14 days are critical for Taiwan's Wuhan virus battle: Tsai”, in Taiwan News[1]:
      2. Tsai called on the public not to incite hatred or blame others for the epidemic. She then offered thanks to everyone who has dutifully followed home quarantine and self-health management protocols.
    The tourists were put into quarantine for fear they would infect the locals.
  2. Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, pages 137-138:
      The lady stared; but a single question elicited the fatal truth—the vessel was under quarantine, and once on board there was no quitting it.
  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.
    Singapore went into a circuit breaker quarantine where gatherings of any size was prohibited.
  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 computer virus are stored.
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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.
  3. To stay in such an isolation.
    Singaporeans coming into Singapore from India would have to quarantine for 21 days at a dedicated facility.
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quarantine f

  1. plural of quarantina