clois·​tered ˈklȯi-stərd How to pronounce cloistered (audio)
: being or living in or as if in a cloister
cloistered nuns
: providing shelter from contact with the outside world
the cloistered atmosphere of a small college
the cloistered life of the monastery

Examples of cloistered in a Sentence

She leads a private, cloistered life in the country. He spent most of his adult life cloistered in universities.
Recent Examples on the Web There, she is herded with some cloistered young women, handmaidens whose sole function is to bear children for Immortan Joe (Lachy Hulme), the Citadel’s leader. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 15 May 2024 The protagonist, English sailor John Blackthorne, is based on William Adams, the rare Westerner to successfully enmesh himself within the cloistered society. Alison Herman, Variety, 26 Feb. 2024 Here are men who move heaven and earth to avoid a 9-to-5, and their cloistered throats say so loud and clear. Melvin Backman, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 The recent trend in luxury travel has moved toward ever-smaller, more intimate, and altogether more cloistered journeys, but that would be a mistake here. Josh Condon, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2023 Indeed, Yeo’s film feels uniquely Singaporean in its reflection of the complex psychic state of the country, which can teeter between a coastal dreamland and a cloistered urban nightmare. Minh Nguyen, Variety, 6 Aug. 2023 Though the last of the nuns left in 1912, there remains a sense of cloistered, meditative peace. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 July 2023 Building on a series of oppositions — nature and culture, realism and romance, duty and freedom — O’Connor brings Emily the myth to vibrant life, persuasively suggesting that this ostensibly strange and cloistered genius came into being not despite her contradictions but through them. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2023 Based on Spain’s first case of vampirism documented by the Catholic Church, a young woman is sent in 1755 to a cloistered monastery where several novices suffer a strange blood disease. John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cloistered was in 1581

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“Cloistered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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