clois·​tered | \ ˈklȯi-stərd How to pronounce cloistered (audio) \

Definition of cloistered

1 : being or living in or as if in a cloister cloistered nuns
2 : providing shelter from contact with the outside world the cloistered atmosphere of a small college the cloistered life of the monastery

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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 World events unraveled our daily lives and rearranged them in new and cloistered shapes. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "‘Today is the day that life has changed’: An oral history of L.A., COVID-19 and 2020," 3 Jan. 2021 Fast-forming alliances could work at breakneck speed because many researchers had spent the past few decades transforming science from a plodding, cloistered endeavor into something nimbler and more transparent. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 One to try is Forest Road 74, which makes a dive into the green folds of Shannon Gulch to explore a cloistered pocket of backcountry east of the popular Water Wheel recreation sites on Houston Mesa in Tonto National Forest. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "This hike near Payson has see-forever views. Here's how to do it," 29 Oct. 2020 The strangest basketball season ever is over, and the combatants have returned to a version of normal life that may seem less normal than their recent, cloistered existence. Star Tribune, "LeBron James is the greatest ... for these strange, polarized times (Breanna Stewart, too)," 13 Oct. 2020 Although most observers of Galileo's censure and trial were concerned about his ideas, his daughter Sister Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun in the order of the Poor Clares, attended, at a distance, to Galileo's physical state. Hannah Marcus, Scientific American, "Galileo’s Lessons for Living and Working through a Plague," 1 Aug. 2020 Its broad avenues and enormous open spaces were intended as a kind of a counterpoint to Europe’s more cloistered cities, but onerous restrictions since 9/11 have changed much of that. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Urban Design Can Make or Break Protests," 29 June 2020 Most people travel to cities not to stay cloistered in a hotel, but to experience the shopping, dining, museums, and bars. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 But many ordinary Americans are more cautious, preferring to stay cloistered for fear of contagion. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Why has protective gear been so hard to get?," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of cloistered

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cloistered was in 1581

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7 Jan 2021

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“Cloistered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cloistered

: separated from the rest of the world : protected from the problems and concerns of everyday life

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