cloister

  • 1 Cloister — • The English equivalent of the Latin word clausura (from claudere, to shut up ) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cloister     Cloister      …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 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

  • 3 cloister — [klois′tər] n. [ME < OFr cloistre & OE clauster, both < ML(Ec) claustrum, portion of monastery closed off to the laity < L, a bolt, place shut in < pp. of claudere, to CLOSE2] 1. a place of religious seclusion: monastery or convent 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 cloister — n 1 Cloister, convent, monastery, nunnery, abbey, priory. Cloister and convent are general terms denoting a place of retirement from the world for members of a religious community; they may apply to houses for recluses of either sex. In such use… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 Cloister — Clois ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cloistered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cloistering}.] To confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the world; to immure. [1913 Webster] None among them are thought worthy to be styled religious persons but those… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 cloister — ► NOUN 1) a covered, and typically colonnaded, passage round an open court in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral. 2) (the cloister) the secluded life of a monk or nun. ► VERB ▪ seclude or shut up in a convent or monastery. DERIVATIVES… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 cloister — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), envelop, restrict, sequester (seclude), shut Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 cloister — [n] secluded religious place abbey, cell, chapter house, convent, friary, hermitage, house, lamasery, monastery, nunnery, order, priorate, priory, religious community, retreat, sanctuary; concepts 368,516 …

    New thesaurus

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

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  • 10 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

  • 11 cloister — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. abbey, priory, convent, hermitage, monastery; retreat, sanctuary; arcade, colonnade. See seclusion, abode, temple. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A place of religious seclusion] Syn. monastery, convent, abbey …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 cloister — {{11}}cloister (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. cloistre monastery, convent (12c., Mod.Fr. cloître) or O.E. clauster, both from M.L. claustrum portion of monastery closed off to laity, from L. claustrum place shut in, enclosure; bar, bolt, means of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 13 cloister — /ˈklɔɪstə / (say kloystuh) noun 1. a covered walk, especially one adjoining a building, as a church, commonly running round an open court (garth) and opening on to it with an open arcade or colonnade. 2. a place of religious seclusion; a… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 cloister — I. noun Etymology: Middle English cloistre, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin claustrum, from Latin, bar, bolt, from claudere to close more at close Date: 13th century 1. a. a monastic establishment b. an area within a monastery or convent… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 cloister — UK [ˈklɔɪstə(r)] / US [ˈklɔɪstər] noun [countable] Word forms cloister : singular cloister plural cloisters 1) [often plural] a covered path around an open area in the centre of a large building such as a cathedral or monastery 2) literary a… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 cloister — 1. noun /ˈklɔɪstə,ˈklɔɪstɚ/ a) A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially: b) such arcade in a monastery 2 …

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  • 17 cloister — clois|ter1 [ klɔıstər ] noun count 1. ) often plural a covered path around an open area in the center of a large building such as a CATHEDRAL or MONASTERY 2. ) LITERARY a MONASTERY or CONVENT cloister clois|ter 2 [ klɔıstər ] verb transitive… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 cloister — [13] A cloister was originally simply an enclosed place, a ‘close’. The word comes from Old French cloistre, a descendant of Latin claustrum ‘bar, bolt, enclosure’, which was formed from the past participial stem of Latin claudere ‘close’ (source …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 cloister — [[t]klɔ͟ɪstə(r)[/t]] cloisters N COUNT A cloister is a covered area round a square in a monastery or a cathedral. The thirteenth century cloisters are amongst the most beautiful in central Italy …

    English dictionary

  • 20 cloister — [ klɔɪstə] noun 1》 a covered, and typically colonnaded, passage round an open court in a convent, monastery, college, or cathedral. 2》 a convent or monastery.     ↘(the cloister) monastic life. verb seclude or shut up in a convent or monastery.… …

    English new terms dictionary