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architectural sense
Definition 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
  • I found them talking quietly in the cloister.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • cloister = a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds
  • "This is the north cloister," the porter said. "It is here that Newton stomped his foot to measure the echo, calculating the speed of sound for the first time."
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • cloister = a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds
  • I listened to it over and over while staring out at the north cloister.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • cloister = a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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religious sense
Definition residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery); or the act of entering into such a residence
  • He withdrew from the world and spent many hours in contemplation in a Benedictine cloister.
cloister = residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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
  • This figure of the study and the cloister, as Hester Prynne's womanly fancy failed not to recall, was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • cloister = religious building
  • 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
  • cloisters = a place of seclusion from the outside world — usually a religious residence such as a monastery
  • A cloister is closed to the outside world, Adam.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • cloister = residence that is a place of religious seclusion
  • A hive suggests cloister more than bordello.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
cloister = residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)

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3  —as in:
cloister ourselves away
Definition seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
  • She cloistered herself in the office.
cloistered = secluded from the world (kept separate from the world)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • cloister myself away to think and write
  • How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried - doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • told the priest that though he himself had broader views, he could respect those whose creed required them to be cloistered and ignorant of this world.
    Gilbert K. Chesterton  --  The Innocence Of Father Brown
  • Martha was a cloistered nun in a convent outside Portland, Maine.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • cloistered = seclude from the world
  • We're not cloistered.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • cloistered = secluded from the world
  • Although I was also a strange bird, I didn't see any reason to grow up and cloister myself in some farm shack, freeze in the winter, sweat in the summer, fight flies, and eat cold collards for the sake of art or anything else.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
cloister = seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)

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