The definition of a cloister is a secluded monastery or any place of seclusion.(noun)
A secluded place where monks or nuns live is an example of a cloister.
To cloister is to seclude or shut in.(verb)
When you seclude your children inside your home and discourage them from leaving, this is an example of cloister.
See cloister in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr cloistre & OE clauster, both < ML(Ec) claustrum, portion of monastery closed off to the laity < L, a bolt, place shut in < pp. of claudere, to close
See cloister in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English cloistre
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , alteration (influenced by cloison, partition)
Origin: of clostre
Origin: , from Latin claustrum, enclosed place
Origin: , from claudere, to close.
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