verb (used with object)
- cloister garth,
- cloistered vault,
Origin of cloister
Examples from the Web for cloister
In a wall in the cloister stands a double benetoir, or vessel for holy water.History of Llangollen and its Vicinity|W. T. Simpson
She was taken into the cloister; her head was covered, and she did not wish to see.The Woman Who Vowed|Ellison Harding
At No. 13 we see the last traces of the monastery with its thirteenth-century cloister.Historic Paris|Jetta S. Wolff
The score is impregnated with the world, and not with the cloister.Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
And viciously with her fan she struck one of the cloister pillars.Zuleika Dobson|Max Beerbohm
Word Origin for 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.