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[klaw-struh l]
  1. cloistral; cloisterlike.
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Origin of claustral

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

  • The procedure was the same as at the annual claustral distribution.

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  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for claustral


  1. a less common variant of cloistral
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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).

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