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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
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
cloister — as in:  cloister ourselves away

She cloistered herself in the office.
seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
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