The Chapter-House opens upon the eastern alley of the cloister.
They are forbidden to leave the cloister for the farm or the neighbourhood of the monastery.
But he had entered the cloister, not to acquire the reputation of a great genius, but in quest of the food of piety.
But the influence of these women did not cease with their retirement to the cloister.
The priestly agent, after craven prayers for his life, was immured for a time in a cloister.
To Gerhardt, the world was the opposite of God; to Leuesa, it was merely the opposite of the cloister.
The books, therefore, ought not to be carried away into chambers, or into corners outside the cloister or the Church.
Aunt Anfisa had gone to the cloister, perhaps never to return—she might die there.
The remains of the infirmary and little cloisters are on the north of the cloister.
Orphan children and those that are dependent should be taught in the cloister.
early 13c., from Old French cloistre "monastery, convent; enclosure" (12c., Modern French cloître), from Medieval Latin claustrum "portion of monastery closed off to laity," from Latin claustrum (usually in plural, claustra) "place shut in, enclosure; bar, bolt, means of shutting in," from past participle stem of claudere (see close (v.)).
"The original purpose of cloisters was to afford a place in which the monks could take exercise and recreation" [Century Dictionary]. Spelling in French influenced by cloison "partition." Old English had clustor, clauster in the sense "prison, lock, barrier," directly from Latin, and cf. from the same source Dutch klooster, German Kloster, Polish klasztor.
c.1400 (implied in cloistered), from cloister (n.). Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cloistered; cloistering.