cloister

Definitions

  • OVIEDO. The Cloisters
    OVIEDO. The Cloisters
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cloister seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister "She cloistered herself in the office"
    • v cloister surround with a cloister "cloister the garden"
    • v cloister surround with a cloister, as of a garden
    • n cloister a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
    • n cloister residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

TARRAGONA. The Cloisters TARRAGONA. The Cloisters
Cloister Westminster Abbey Cloister Westminster Abbey
The Inner Cloisters Westminster The Inner Cloisters Westminster
Within the Cloister Within the Cloister
CLOISTER OF ST. JOHN OF THE KINGS CLOISTER OF ST. JOHN OF THE KINGS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cloister A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court; "But let my due feet never fail
      To walk the studious cloister's pale."
    • Cloister A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the world for religious duties. "Fitter for a cloister than a crown."
    • Cloister An inclosed place.
    • v. t Cloister To confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the world; to immure. "None among them are thought worthy to be styled religious persons but those that cloister themselves up in a monastery."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cloister An inclosure.
    • n cloister An arched way or a covered walk running round the walls of certain portions of monastic and collegiate buildings. It usually has a wall on one side, and a series of arcades with piers and columns, or an open colonnade, surrounding an interior court, on the opposite side. The original purpose of cloisters was to afford a place in which the monks could take exercise and recreation.
    • n cloister Hence A place of religious retirement; a monastery; a convent; a nunnery; a religious house.
    • n cloister Any arcade or colonnade round an open court.
    • cloister To confine in a cloister or convent.
    • cloister To shut up; confine closely within walls; immure; shut up in retirement from the world.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cloister klois′tėr a covered arcade forming part of a monastic or collegiate establishment: a place of religious retirement, a monastery or nunnery: an enclosed place
    • v.t Cloister to confine in a cloister: to confine within walls
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cloistre, F. cloître, L. claustrum, pl. claustra, bar, bolt, bounds, fr. claudere, clausum, to close. See Close (v. t.), and cf. Claustral

Usage

In literature:

A fragment of an arcaded cloister of this pattern is still found on the eastern side of the infirmary-cloister of the same foundation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Meanwhile the gates of the Jesuit cloisters were watched day and night, so that Valentine might not escape.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
A cloister exists, in part to-day as it did of yore, to the northeast of the cathedral.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
If the chapels which surround the building have been omitted on account of their artistic worthlessness, not the same fate awaits the cloister.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
To the south lie the great cloisters.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
May we not yet hope that this spot will be spared the fate of the cloister garth?
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
The King met her in the cloister garden, and it seemed to him that her complexion was much paler, her step slower, than usual.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
The procession then repaired to the Franciscan cloister, where mass was said.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
In Europe at this period, they were cloistered.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Some traces of it, however faint, may be discerned in his own conduct, before he took refuge in the cloisters of Yuste.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
They raised the female priesthood of the nuns to a lofty height, their cloisters were nurseries of culture.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
The two sacristies are entered from the cloister: one of them contains the portraits of all the bishops and archbishops of Burgos.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
The palace was surrounded by a spacious court, enclosed by cloistered walls.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
What was the little cloister-plant to him?
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Half yielding, half resisting, his friends swept him down the passage into the cloister.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
In one of the lower cloisters going out from the north, and under the principal dormitory, are two parallel corridors.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
She flew towards the cloister, I heard the three shouting after her.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
The old Gothic cloisters are preserved.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Come this way into the cloisters.
"Under the Mendips" by Emma Marshall
Edward Arundel was walking up and down the cloister, smoking his second cigar.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
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In poetry:

No other flower, no rival grew
Beside my pensive maid,
She dwelt alone, a cloister'd nun,
In solitude and shade.
"The Primrose" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
In the shadow of the cloister,
There are few inclined to roister
With the men in Tonopah
Swaggering to primal law.
"Tonopah And Clergy " by Norman MacLeod
Scarcely now a wild rose petal
The neglected cloister owns,
And the flaunting dock and nettle
Wave above the chancel stones.
"Abbeydorney" by Clinton Scollard
Vogelweid the Minnesinger,
When he left this world of ours,
Laid his body in the cloister,
Under Würtzburg's minster towers.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Time has long effaced the inscriptions
On the cloister's funeral stones,
And tradition only tells us
Where repose the poet's bones.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then lost was banner, spear, and shield,
At Sempach in the flight,
The cloister vaults at Konig's-field
Hold many an Austrian knight.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

The drama about the rape of a young cloistered nun in Marcos's Philippines is tempting, but ultimately resistible and uninvolving.
Indie rock, after 20 years or so of mining mostly its own cloistered scene and/or the Pavement discography for ideas, has turned it sights on the non-Anglo world.
Unlike cloistered monastics, Benedictines can work outside the monastery.
It's a College, Not a Cloister .
A Brooklyn teen yesterday took the stand against a prominent Orthodox Jewish leader accused of sexually abusing her — and her gripping testimony provided a rare glimpse into a cloistered.
The Cloister at Sea Island hosted the G8 Summit of world leaders.
After all these years it took a great constitutional scholar who had spent a life cloistered in academia and street work to utterly rape our most cherished Constitution.
I'm a sixteen year old girl For a few years I very much wanted to be a cloistered nun, and read many works and practiced some of the spirituality of different orders.
Cloister sold to nation's largest carwash chain .
The Cloister carwash operation, seen Tuesday at its site o.
The farcical story provides an intriguing look at Chapman 's cloistered youth, his creative flowering at Cambridge, his bold decision to come out of the closet, his secret alcoholism, and of course his career with the Pythons.
They are allowed visitors in the parlor (above), but even then are separated from those outside the cloister.
JERUSALEM — Thousands of ultra- Orthodox Jews protested Monday in Jerusalem against attempts to draft members of the cloistered community into the Israeli military.
Forget the old way of building a zoo, where animals are cloistered in cages.
Pope Has 50,000 Twitter Followers, Cloistered for 84 Years, Catholics & America, and more.
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