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cloister
architectural sense


I found them talking quietly in the cloister.
  a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds with an open colonnade on one side of the walkway and the perimeter building walls on the other side — especially as an area of quiet contemplation on religious grounds
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Cloister has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • I found them talking quietly in the cloister.
  • Behind Notre-Dame, the cloister and its Gothic galleries spread out towards the north;
    Victor Hugo  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Between the glowing columns of the cloister is the cool darkness that only churches have, and I stand there and wonder whether, when I am twenty, I shall have experienced the bewildering emotions of love.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • There’s comfort yet; they are assailable; Then be thou jocund: ere the bat hath flown His cloister’d flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons, The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done A deed of dreadful note.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • The parachute-lights soar upwards—and I see a picture, a summer evening, I am in the cathedral cloister
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I ... look at the tall rose trees that bloom in the middle of the little cloister garden where the monks lie buried.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cloister [6]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Architecture
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