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cloister
religious sense


He withdrew from the world and spent many hours in contemplation in a Benedictine cloister.
  residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery); or the act of entering into such a residence
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Notes:
A cloister cell references a small room in which someone within a cloister sleeps.

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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  • He withdrew from the world and spent many hours in contemplation in a Benedictine cloister.
  • He lives as a simple priest in a small stone cloister.
  • This day my sister should the cloister enter,
    Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • ...they have abandoned the joy of the world and the love of women for the painful austerities of the cloister.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence

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  • A hive suggests cloister more than bordello.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • A cloister is closed to the outside world, Adam.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The clink of glasses and the slap of hands on the bars issued from saloons, cloisters of glazed glass and dirty yellow light.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
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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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