cloister

A cloister is an enclosed garden, usually surrounded by covered walkways. Because such spaces are often featured in buildings that house religious orders, cloister can be used to mean "monastery" or "convent."

In enclosed religious orders, monks and nuns withdraw from society to devote themselves to prayer and contemplation. In order to provide them with access to the outdoors while protecting them from contact with the secular world, the cloister became a common element of convents and monasteries. When used as a verb, cloister generally loses its religious connotation and means "to seclude" or "isolate." Don't get a lunch detention or you'll be cloistered in the classroom while all the other kids are running around outside.

Primary Meanings of cloister

1.
nv
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister
2.
nv
a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)
surround with a cloister
Full Definitions of cloister
1

n residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)

Synonyms:
religious residence
Types:
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convent
a religious residence especially for nuns
monastery
the residence of a religious community
priory
religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
abbey
a monastery ruled by an abbot
abbey
a convent ruled by an abbess
charterhouse
a Carthusian monastery
friary
a monastery of friars
lamasery
a monastery for lamas
nunnery
the convent of a community of nuns
Type of:
residence
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)

v seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister

“She cloistered herself in the office”
Type of:
insulate, isolate
place or set apart
2

n a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions)

Type of:
court, courtyard
an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings

v surround with a cloister

cloister the garden”
Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

v surround with a cloister, as of a garden

Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

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