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clois·ter

 (kloi′stər)
n.
1.
a. A quadrangle enclosed by an open colonnade and a covered walk.
b. The covered walk enclosing such a quadrangle.
2.
a. A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
b. Life in a monastery or convent.
3. A secluded, quiet place.
tr.v. clois·tered, clois·ter·ing, clois·ters
1. To shut away from the world in or as if in a cloister; seclude.
2. To furnish (a building) with a cloister.

[Middle English cloistre, from Old French, alteration (influenced by cloison, partition) of clostre, from Latin claustrum, enclosed place, from claudere, to close.]

cloister

(ˈklɔɪstə)
n
1. (Architecture) 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
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (sometimes plural) a place of religious seclusion, such as a monastery
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) life in a monastery or convent
vb
(tr) to confine or seclude in or as if in a monastery
[C13: 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]
ˈcloister-ˌlike adj

clois•ter

(ˈklɔɪ stər)

n.
1. a covered walk, esp. in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usu. opening onto a courtyard.
2. a courtyard, esp. in a religious institution, bordered with such walks.
3. a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
4. any quiet, secluded place.
5. life in a monastery or convent.
v.t.
6. to confine in a monastery or convent.
7. to confine in retirement; seclude.
8. to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
9. to convert into a monastery or convent.
[1250–1300; Middle English cloistre < Anglo-French, Old French, b. cloison partition (see cloisonné) and clostre < Latin claustrum barrier]

cloister


Past participle: cloistered
Gerund: cloistering

Imperative
cloister
cloister
Present
I cloister
you cloister
he/she/it cloisters
we cloister
you cloister
they cloister
Preterite
I cloistered
you cloistered
he/she/it cloistered
we cloistered
you cloistered
they cloistered
Present Continuous
I am cloistering
you are cloistering
he/she/it is cloistering
we are cloistering
you are cloistering
they are cloistering
Present Perfect
I have cloistered
you have cloistered
he/she/it has cloistered
we have cloistered
you have cloistered
they have cloistered
Past Continuous
I was cloistering
you were cloistering
he/she/it was cloistering
we were cloistering
you were cloistering
they were cloistering
Past Perfect
I had cloistered
you had cloistered
he/she/it had cloistered
we had cloistered
you had cloistered
they had cloistered
Future
I will cloister
you will cloister
he/she/it will cloister
we will cloister
you will cloister
they will cloister
Future Perfect
I will have cloistered
you will have cloistered
he/she/it will have cloistered
we will have cloistered
you will have cloistered
they will have cloistered
Future Continuous
I will be cloistering
you will be cloistering
he/she/it will be cloistering
we will be cloistering
you will be cloistering
they will be cloistering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cloistering
you have been cloistering
he/she/it has been cloistering
we have been cloistering
you have been cloistering
they have been cloistering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cloistering
you will have been cloistering
he/she/it will have been cloistering
we will have been cloistering
you will have been cloistering
they will have been cloistering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cloistering
you had been cloistering
he/she/it had been cloistering
we had been cloistering
you had been cloistering
they had been cloistering
Conditional
I would cloister
you would cloister
he/she/it would cloister
we would cloister
you would cloister
they would cloister
Past Conditional
I would have cloistered
you would have cloistered
he/she/it would have cloistered
we would have cloistered
you would have cloistered
they would have cloistered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloister - residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)cloister - residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
convent - a religious residence especially for nuns
monastery - the residence of a religious community
priory - religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
residence - the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president); "he refused to live in the governor's residence"
2.cloister - a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
courtyard, court - an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Verb1.cloister - surround with a cloister, as of a garden
border, environ, surround, skirt, ring - extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property"
2.cloister - surround with a cloister; "cloister the garden"
border, environ, surround, skirt, ring - extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; "The forest surrounds my property"
3.cloister - seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister; "She cloistered herself in the office"
isolate, insulate - place or set apart; "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"

cloister

verb
To put into solitude:
Translations
رِواقٌ في دَيْر
ambitklášter
buegangklostergang
manastirsamostan
kerengõkerengőkolostorzárda
bogagöng
dengta galerija
krusta eja
ambit
manastirманастир
клуатр

cloister

[ˈklɔɪstəʳ] Nclaustro m cloisterssoportales mpl

cloister

[ˈklɔɪstər] ncloître m

cloister

n
(= covered walk)Kreuzgang m
(= monastery)Kloster nt
vr to cloister oneself (away)sich von der Welt abkapseln

cloister

[ˈklɔɪstəʳ] nchiostro

cloister

(ˈkloistə) noun
a covered walk forming part of a monastery, church or college.
References in classic literature ?
I am giving these instructions to the young men who will form the crew, for as regards you aldermen and town councillors, you will join me in entertaining our guest in the cloisters.
A servant hung Demodocus's lyre on its peg for him, led him out of the cloister, and set him on the same way as that along which all the chief men of the Phaeacians were going to see the sports; a crowd of several thousands of people followed them, and there were many excellent competitors for all the prizes.
No grand company was come except the Irwines, for whom the carriage had been sent early, and Arthur was at that moment not in a back room, but walking with the rector into the broad stone cloisters of the old abbey, where the long tables were laid for all the cottage tenants and the farm-servants.
Upon my word," he said, as they entered the cool cloisters, "I think the cottagers have the best of it: these cloisters make a delightful dining-room on a hot day.
It was his desire and request, however, that you should not remain in the cloisters, but should at a ripe age return into the world.
There was the wide-spread building which he knew so well, the Abbot's house, the long church, the cloisters with their line of arches, all bathed and mellowed in the evening sun.
From the cloister, his reputation as a learned man had passed to the people, among whom it had changed a little, a frequent occurrence at that time, into reputation as a sorcerer.
Why, you wicked man, a cloister implies a monk, and a monk Roman Catholicism.
You were in a cloister," said the executioner, "and you left it to ruin my brother.
For in the cloister cometh no man, to chide nor to fight,
The other half he spent in "Bogucharovo Cloister," as his father called Prince Andrew's estate.
Barter not the light and air of heaven, and the freshness of earth and all the beautiful things which breathe upon it, for the cold cloister and the cell.