[ klaw-struhl ]

  1. cloistral; cloisterlike.

Origin of claustral

1400–50; late Middle English <Late Latin claustrālis, equivalent to claustr(um) bolt, barrier (see claustrum) + -ālis-al1

Words Nearby claustral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use claustral in a sentence

  • Some collections which later were distinctively church libraries were at first claustral.

    Old English Libraries | Ernest Savage
  • The period of the greatest literary activity in the monasteries now began, and large claustral libraries were soon formed.

    Old English Libraries | Ernest Savage
  • When they did speak to me it was with their lips hardly moving, in a claustral, clear whisper.

  • She resolved immediately to seek310 a refuge for the rest of her life in claustral virginity.

  • The fervid heart of the royal nun was apparently beating placidly, in the quiet claustral surroundings.

    The Gray Nun | Nataly Von Eschstruth

British Dictionary definitions for claustral


/ (ˈklɔːstrəl) /

  1. a less common variant of cloistral

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