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clois·ter

cloister

 
pronunciation:
klo ih str
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a place such as a monastery or convent where people live secluded religious lives.
The monks live a quiet and disciplined life in the cloister.
synonyms:
abbey, convent, monastery, nunnery, priory
similar words:
friary, hermitage, novitiate
definition 2: any place of seclusion.
She considered her tiny den her cloister, and she was never to be disturbed there.
synonyms:
sanctum
similar words:
haven, hermitage, ivory tower, refuge, retreat, seclusion
definition 3: in architecture, a covered walkway around the inside of a building, facing an open central courtyard.
We walked along the cloister viewing the garden in the courtyard.
similar words:
arbor, gallery, walkway
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: cloisters, cloistering, cloistered
definition: to seclude in or as if in a monastery or convent.
She was cloistered in a nearby convent.
synonyms:
seclude, sequester
similar words:
confine, immure, isolate, segregate, withdraw
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derivation: cloistral (adj.)
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