[ kloi-sterd ]
/ ˈklɔɪ stərd /


secluded from the world; sheltered: a cloistered life.
having a cloister or cloisters.

Origin of cloistered

First recorded in 1575–85; cloister + -ed2

Related forms

non·clois·tered, adjectiveun·clois·tered, adjectivewell-clois·tered, adjective

Definition for cloistered (2 of 2)


[ kloi-ster ]
/ ˈklɔɪ stər /


verb (used with object)

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 forms

clois·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 cloistered (1 of 2)


/ (ˈklɔɪstəd) /


secluded or shut up from the world
living in a monastery or nunnery
(of a building, courtyard, etc) having or provided with a cloister

British Dictionary definitions for cloistered (2 of 2)


/ (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 Forms

cloister-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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