Cloister garth
Cloister Clois"ter, n. [OF. cloistre, F. clo[^i]tre, L. claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere, clausum, to close. See {Close}, v. t., and cf. {Claustral}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An inclosed place. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court; (pl.) the series of such passages on the different sides of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college. [1913 Webster]

But let my due feet never fail To walk the studious cloister's pale. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the world for religious duties. [1913 Webster]

Fitter for a cloister than a crown. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

{Cloister garth} (Arch.), the garden or open part of a court inclosed by the cloisters.

Syn: {Cloister}, {Monastery}, {Nunnery}, {Convent}, {Abbey}, {Priory}.

Usage: Cloister and convent are generic terms, and denote a place of seclusion from the world for persons who devote their lives to religious purposes. They differ is that the distinctive idea of cloister is that of seclusion from the world, that of convent, community of living. Both terms denote houses for recluses of either sex. A cloister or convent for monks is called a monastery; for nuns, a nunnery. An abbey is a convent or monastic institution governed by an abbot or an abbess; a priory is one governed by a prior or a prioress, and is usually affiliated to an abbey. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cloister garth — noun : an open court surrounded by cloisters especially in a group of buildings of a monastery or college * * * garth (def. 1). [1840 50] * * * cloister garth, the open court which a cloister surrounds …   Useful english dictionary

  • cloister garth — garth (def. 1). [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • cloister-garth — cloisˈter garth noun The court or yard enclosed by a cloister • • • Main Entry: ↑cloister …   Useful english dictionary

  • cloister-garth — /ˈklɔɪstə gaθ/ (say kloystuh gahth) noun → garth (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cloister — Clois ter, n. [OF. cloistre, F. clo[^i]tre, L. claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere, clausum, to close. See {Close}, v. t., and cf. {Claustral}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An inclosed place. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A covered …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garth — (g[aum]rth), n. [Icel. gar[eth]r yard. See {Yard}.] 1. A close; a yard; a croft; a garden; as, a cloister garth. [1913 Webster] A clapper clapping in a garth To scare the fowl from fruit. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. A dam or weir for catching… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cloister — cloisterless, adj. cloisterlike, adj. /kloy steuhr/, n. 1. a covered walk, esp. in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard. 2. a courtyard, esp. in a religious institution, bordered with such… …   Universalium

  • garth — /gahrth/, n. 1. Also called cloister garth. an open courtyard enclosed by a cloister. 2. Archaic. a yard or garden. [1300 50; ME < ON garthr farm, farmyard, courtyard; see YARD2] * * * …   Universalium

  • garth — /gaθ/ (say gahth) noun 1. the open court enclosed by a cloister; cloister garth. 2. Obsolete a yard or garden. {Middle English, from Old Norse garðr, related to yard2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cloister — Cloisters redirects here. For the museum in New York City, see The Cloisters. For other uses, see Cloister (disambiguation). Cloister at Salisbury Cathedral …   Wikipedia

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