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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a place of religious seclusion: monastery or convent
- monastic life
- any place where one may lead a secluded life
- an arched way or covered walk along the inside wall or walls of a monastery, convent, church, or college building, with a columned opening along one side leading to a courtyard or garden
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
- to seclude or confine in or as in a cloister
- to furnish or surround with a cloister
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- A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle.
- a. A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.b. Life in a monastery or convent.
- A secluded, quiet place.
- To shut away from the world in or as if in a cloister; seclude.
- To furnish (a building) with a cloister.
Origin: Middle English cloistre, from Old French, alteration (influenced by cloison, partition) of clostre, from Latin claustrum, enclosed place, from claudere, to close.