WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 clois•ter /ˈklɔɪstɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + oneself]
- Architecturea covered walk, esp. in a church or other religious building, opening onto a courtyard.
- Architecturea courtyard bordered with such walks.
- a place for religious people to live, such as a monastery.
- to keep away from the world in a monastery:She cloistered herself in the convent.
- to shut away from the world and live apart:cloistered himself in his library with his books.
(kloi′stər),USA pronunciation n.
- Architecturea covered walk, esp. in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard.
- Architecturea courtyard, esp. in a religious institution, bordered with such walks.
- a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
- any quiet, secluded place.
- life in a monastery or convent.
- to confine in a monastery or convent.
- to confine in retirement;
- to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
- to convert into a monastery or convent.
- Latin claustrum barrier (Late Latin: enclosed place); see claustrum)
- Anglo-French, Old French, blend of, blended cloison partition (see cloisonné) and clostre (
- Middle English cloistre 1250–1300
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abbey, priory.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cloister /ˈklɔɪstə/ n
- a covered walk, usually around a quadrangle in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade on the inside and a wall on the outside
- (sometimes plural) a place of religious seclusion, such as a monastery
- life in a monastery or convent
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French cloistre, from Medieval Latin claustrum monastic cell, from Latin: bolt, barrier, from claudere to close; influenced in form by Old French cloison partition
- (transitive) to confine or seclude in or as if in a monastery
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