Cloister Definition

kloistər
cloistered, cloisters
noun
cloisters
A place of religious seclusion: monastery or convent.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Monastic life.
Webster's New World
Any place where one may lead a secluded life.
Webster's New World
verb
cloistered, cloisters
To seclude or confine in or as in a cloister.
Webster's New World
To furnish or surround with a cloister.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To become a Roman Catholic religious.

Wiktionary

(intransitive) To deliberately withdraw from worldly things.

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Other Word Forms of Cloister

Noun

Singular:
cloister
Plural:
cloisters

Origin of Cloister

  • Recorded since c.1300, directly from Old French cloistre, clostre or via Old English clauster, both from Medieval Latin claustrum "portion of monastery closed off to laity," from Latin claustrum, "place shut in, bar, bolt, enclosure", a noun use of the past participle (neutral inflection) of claudere ‘to close’.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English cloistre from Old French alteration (influenced by cloison partition) of clostre from Latin claustrum enclosed place from claudere to close

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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