cloistral[kloiˈstrəl] also claus·tral [klôˈstrəl]
cloistral definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or suggesting a cloister; secluded.
- Living in a cloister.
Variant of cloister
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French cloistre and amp; Old English clauster, both ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin claustrum, portion of monastery closed off to the laity ; from Classical Latin a bolt, place shut in ; from past participle of claudere, to close
- to seclude or confine in or as in a cloister
- to furnish or surround with a cloister