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Meaning of CLOISTER

Pronunciation:  'kloystur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
  2. [n]  residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
  3. [v]  seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister; "She cloistered herself in the office"
  4. [v]  surround with a cloister, as of a garden

CLOISTER is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: religious residence
 See Also: circle, convent, court, courtyard, encircle, environ, insulate, isolate, monastery, priory, residence, ring, round, surround



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clois"ter\, n. [OF. cloistre, F. clo[^i]tre, L.
    claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere,
    clausum, to close. See {Close}, v. t., and cf. {Claustral}.]
    1. An inclosed place. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court;
       (pl.) the series of such passages on the different sides
       of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college.
             But let my due feet never fail To walk the studious
             cloister's pale.                      --Milton.
    3. A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the
       world for religious duties.
             Fitter for a cloister than a crown.   --Daniel.
    {Cloister garth} (Arch.), the garden or open part of a court
       inclosed by the cloisters.
    Syn: {Cloister}, {Monastery}, {Nunnery}, {Convent}, {Abbey},
    Usage: Cloister and convent are generic terms, and denote a
           place of seclusion from the world for persons who
           devote their lives to religious purposes. They differ
           is that the distinctive idea of cloister is that of
           seclusion from the world, that of convent, community
           of living. Both terms denote houses for recluses of
           either sex. A cloister or convent for monks is called
           a monastery; for nuns, a nunnery. An abbey is a
           convent or monastic institution governed by an abbot
           or an abbess; a priory is one governed by a prior or a
           prioress, and is usually affiliated to an abbey.
  2. \Clois"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cloistered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Cloistering}.]
    To confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the
    world; to immure.
          None among them are thought worthy to be styled
          religious persons but those that cloister themselves up
          in a monastery.                          --Sharp.
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