A secluded place where monks or nuns live is an example of a cloister.
When you seclude your children inside your home and discourage them from leaving, this is an example of cloister.
The architect cloistered the college just like the monastery which founded it.
Origin of cloister
- 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
- 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’.