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[klaw-struh l] /ˈklɔ strəl/
cloistral; cloisterlike.
Origin of claustral
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin claustrālis, equivalent to claustr(um) bolt, barrier (see claustrum) + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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  • The procedure was the same as at the annual claustral distribution.

    Old English Libraries Ernest Savage
  • The gist of the matter was that the children constituted a hindrance to claustral discipline and devotion.

  • Cyril was the ecclesiastical or claustral name of this important personage, his real name was Constantine.

  • I had by this time a suspicion that the Griffin was a claustral thing and a mystery not to be blurted out.

    Hills and the Sea H. Belloc
  • Some collections which later were distinctively church libraries were at first claustral.

    Old English Libraries Ernest Savage
  • And she, tired of her claustral existence, tired of her mother's reproaches, at last listens to the pleadings of her suitor.


    James Huneker
  • Each day is a festival unto them, who diligently heed the claustral proverb, De missa ad mensam.

  • I know thy meaning, answered Friar John; this metaphor is extracted out of the claustral kettle.

  • Now have I understood thee, quoth Panurge, my plushcod friar, my caballine and claustral ballock.

  • When they did speak to me it was with their lips hardly moving, in a claustral, clear whisper.

British Dictionary definitions for claustral


a less common variant of cloistral
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for claustral

"resembling a cloister," early 15c., from Middle French claustral (15c.) and directly from Medieval Latin claustralis "pertaining to a claustrum" (see cloister).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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