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[kloi-struh l] /ˈklɔɪ strəl/
of, relating to, or living in a cloister.
Origin of cloistral
First recorded in 1595-1605; cloist(e)r + -al1
Related forms
uncloistral, adjective Unabridged
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  • Reuben followed him into the cloistral odors and shadows of the sitting-room.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • So she loved the cloistral feeling autumn brought with it to Welsley.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • But the rule was moral and academical, not cloistral or ascetic.

    Oxford and Her Colleges Goldwin Smith
  • Their existence had a cloistral quality which appealed to something in him.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • And from a thick maple on the edge of a clearing a hermit-thrush fluted slowly over and over his cloistral ecstasy.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The growth of monasticism from the hermit stage to the cloistral life has already been described.

  • The cloistral vice, which seems inevitable in the English public schools, is robbed 50 of any shadow of palliation.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • The gates are seldom open now to the silent caravans, for the graves in the cloistral grass lie close.

  • Alas, I am not now up in the cloistral peacefulness of Cambridge, so I can't follow up that speculation.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • We talked Cambridge and the phenomenon of war as if we had been back among the cloistral stillnesses beside the Cam.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
British Dictionary definitions for cloistral


of, like, or characteristic of a cloister
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cloistral

c.1600, from cloister + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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