[ kloi-ster ]
/ ˈklɔɪ stər /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. clogger,
  2. cloggy,
  3. cloison,
  4. cloisonne,
  5. cloisonné,
  6. cloister garth,
  7. cloistered,
  8. cloistered vault,
  9. cloistral,
  10. cloistress

Origin of cloister

1250–1300; Middle English cloistre < Anglo-French, Old French, blend of cloison partition (see cloisonné) and clostre (< Latin claustrum barrier (Late Latin: enclosed place); see claustrum)

Related formsclois·ter·less, adjectiveclois·ter·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cloister


/ (ˈklɔɪstə) /


a covered walk, usually around a quadrangle in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade on the inside and a wall on the outside
(sometimes plural) a place of religious seclusion, such as a monastery
life in a monastery or convent


(tr) to confine or seclude in or as if in a monastery
Derived Formscloister-like, adjective

Word Origin for cloister

C13: from Old French cloistre, from Medieval Latin claustrum monastic cell, from Latin: bolt, barrier, from claudere to close; influenced in form by Old French cloison partition

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Word Origin and History for cloister
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