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ˈklɔɪ stərclois·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. religious residence, cloister(noun)

    residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)

  2. cloister(verb)

    a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)

  3. cloister(verb)

    surround with a cloister, as of a garden

  4. cloister(verb)

    surround with a cloister

    "cloister the garden"

  5. cloister(verb)

    seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister

    "She cloistered herself in the office"


  1. cloister(Noun)

    A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially:

  2. cloister(Noun)

    A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.

  3. cloister(Noun)

    The monastic life

  4. cloister(Verb)

    To become a Roman Catholic religious.

  5. cloister(Verb)

    To confine in a cloister, voluntarily or not.

  6. cloister(Verb)

    To deliberately withdraw from worldly things.

  7. cloister(Verb)

    To provide with (a) cloister(s).

    The architect cloistered the college just like the monastery which founded it

  8. cloister(Verb)

    To protect or isolate.

  9. Origin: Recorded since c.1300, directly from cloistre, clostre or via clauster, both from Medieval Latin claustrum "portion of monastery closed off to laity," from claustrum, "place shut in, bar, bolt, enclosure", a noun use of the past participle (neutral inflection) of claudere ‘to close’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cloister(verb)

    an inclosed place

  2. Cloister(verb)

    a covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court;

  3. Cloister(verb)

    the series of such passages on the different sides of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college

  4. Cloister(verb)

    a monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the world for religious duties

  5. Cloister(verb)

    to confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the world; to immure


  1. Cloister

    A cloister is a rectangular open space surrounded by covered walks or open galleries, with open arcades on the inner side, running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth. The attachment of a cloister to a cathedral or church, commonly against a warm southern flank, usually indicates that it is part of a monastic foundation, "forming a continuous and solid architectural barrier... that effectively separates the world of the monks from that of the serfs and workmen, whose lives and works went on outside and around the cloister." Cloistered life is also another name for the life of a monk or nun in the enclosed religious orders; the modern English term enclosure is used in contemporary Catholic church law to mean cloistered, and cloister is sometimes used as a metonymic synonym for monastery. Historically, the early medieval cloister had several antecedents, the peristyle court of the Greco-Roman domus, the atrium and its expanded version that served as forecourt to early Christian basilicas, and certain semi-galleried courts attached to the flanks of early Syrian churches. Walter Horn suggests that the earliest coenobitic communities, which were established in Egypt by Saint Pachomius, did not result in cloister construction, as there were no lay serfs attached to the community of monks, thus no separation within the walled community was required; Horn finds the earliest prototypical cloisters in some exceptional late fifth-century monastic churches in southern Syria, such as the Convent of Saints Sergios and Bacchos, at Umm-is-Surab, and the colonnaded forecourt of the convent of Id-Dêr, but nothing similar appeared in the semieremitic Irish monasteries' clustered roundhouses nor in the earliest Benedictine collective communities of the West.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cloister

    klois′tėr, n. a covered arcade forming part of a monastic or collegiate establishment: a place of religious retirement, a monastery or nunnery: an enclosed place.—v.t. to confine in a cloister: to confine within walls.—adjs. Clois′teral, Clois′tral, Claus′tral, pertaining or confined to a cloister: secluded; Clois′tered, dwelling in cloisters.—ns. Clois′terer, one belonging to a cloister; Clois′ter-garth, the court or yard enclosed by a cloister; Clois′tress (Shak.), a nun.—The cloister, the monastic life. [O. Fr. cloistre (A.S. clauster)—L. claustrumclaudĕre, clausum, to shut.]

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  1. cloistre

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  3. costlier

  4. cortiles

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloister in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cloister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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