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cloister

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noun clois·ter \ˈklȯi-stər\

Simple Definition of cloister

  • : a place where monks or nuns live : a monastery or convent

  • : a covered path or hall with arches that is on the side of a building (such as a monastery or church) and that has one open side usually facing a courtyard

Full Definition of cloister

  1. 1 a :  a monastic establishment b :  an area within a monastery or convent to which the religious are normally restricted c :  monastic life d :  a place or state of seclusion

  2. 2 :  a covered passage on the side of a court usually having one side walled and the other an open arcade or colonnade

Examples of cloister

  1. <monks living in a cloister in the country>



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Origin of cloister

Middle English cloistre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin claustrum, from Latin, bar, bolt, from claudere to close — more at close


First Known Use: 13th century

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cloister

verb clois·ter

Definition of cloister

clois·teredclois·ter·ing play \-st(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister <a scientist who cloisters herself in a laboratory>

  3. 2 :  to surround with a cloister <cloistered gardens>



1581

First Known Use of cloister

1581


CLOISTER Defined for Kids

cloister

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noun clois·ter \ˈklȯi-stər\

Definition of cloister

  1. 1 :  monastery, convent

  2. 2 :  a covered passage with arches along or around the walls of a courtyard





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