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

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 Little known only days earlier beyond the cloistered world of French women’s soccer, her name was suddenly headline news around the world. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 In his cloistered ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, the spoken language was Yiddish, the lingua franca of Eastern European Jews since the Middle Ages. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Sep. 2021 Unlike many semi-cloistered Moroccan women of her class and generation, her mother was genuinely cosmopolitan. Guy Trebay, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 Solar Power is honest; its truths just feel cloistered and distant sometimes. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 Although the inner workings of cloistered, fundamentalist communities have always been a source of pop-cultural curiosity, the past several years have seen an explosion in high-profile Haredi media. Judy Berman, Time, 14 July 2021 After all, workplaces can sometimes feel cloistered and gossipy and dull. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 12 May 2021 World events unraveled our daily lives and rearranged them in new and cloistered shapes. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 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, 17 Dec. 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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20 Dec 2021

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“Cloistered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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