clois·​tered | \ˈklȯi-stərd \

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.

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StayHotel Bachmair Weissach, a Design Hotels property with arresting views of the Bavarian Alps, is set in a cloistered courtyard and has an excellent modern spa, with separate family and non-family areas. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 The text messages and documentation compiled by Longquan's whistleblowing monks painted a picture of a cloistered life where access to phones and the internet was limited — but where the abbot's power was not. Fox News, "Leading Chinese Buddhist monk accused of sexual misconduct," 3 Aug. 2018 However, there is a certain cloistered nature to joining this elite community. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "One Thing Trump Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Won't Change Is the Supreme Court's Harvard-Yale Monopoly," 10 July 2018 Traveling around the world, especially in famously space-efficient Tokyo, taught Richardson to be resourceful when decorating a cloistered room. Arielle Paul,, "My Favorite Room: Marque Richardson keeps his loft full of reminders of life's bigger picture," 18 May 2018 Not everyone is living in a cloistered information echo chamber, either. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reporter's journal: In Trump era, views of media — like politics — are polarized," 2 May 2018 The experience gives him a close-up look at the cloistered country over weeks, not a few days like most outsiders. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'The Favorite Sister'," 2 June 2018 Key historic features such as cloistered terraces, wooden ceilings, wine vaults and stone arches have been incorporated into the hotel design. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The problem of excessive usage of social media is hardly limited to cloistered nuns. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The Vatican Has Bad News For Nuns Active on Twitter," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of cloistered

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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