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 Over the course of two years, almost a hundred women and girls in a cloistered Mennonite community in Bolivia were drugged and raped. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best mysteries of 2019: Carole E. Barrowman's picks include Laura Lippman, Attica Locke, Miriam Toews," 13 Dec. 2019 Sanchez compared it Anne Frank’s cloistered hideaway from the Nazis in a secret attic. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela," 9 Dec. 2019 Experts say the cloistered communities of the ultra-Orthodox are being left behind by modern society, creating a culture of poverty that threatens the future well-being of the entire country. Aron Heller, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Israel’s election highlights secular-religious divide," 20 Sep. 2019 The beautiful thing about loop hikes like this one is the continually changing views and Go John delivers the goods in far-reaching vistas, cloistered passages, a variety of geological features and rich plant communities. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Cave Creek hiking trail has blade-like pinnacles and quartz along its loop," 31 Oct. 2019 Step out the door, across the street and through Horton Plaza and you are immersed in the energetic, if somewhat gritty, offset to the Grant’s cloistered style. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 Todd, the mistress of Dickinson’s brother, cast the poet as strange and solitary to style herself as a liberator, bringing to light the work of a cloistered genius. Seth Perlow, Washington Post, "‘Dickinson’ is another example of pop culture trying to liberate Emily Dickinson," 31 Oct. 2019 Nelli’s life within the cloistered walls of Santa Caterina di Cafaggio was productive. The Economist, "The first “Last Supper” painted by a woman goes on public display," 23 Oct. 2019 Downtown, Bosch likes sets at the cloistered bluewhale club, a no-cover-charge hideaway tucked into an upstairs corner of the three-story Weller Court in the heart of Little Tokyo. Christopher Smith, Los Angeles Times, "The 15 most iconic Harry Bosch haunts across L.A.," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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26 Dec 2019

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“Cloistered.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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