Origin of cloistered
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- a covered walk, especially in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard.
- a courtyard, especially in a religious institution, bordered with such walks.
- a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
- any quiet, secluded place.
- life in a monastery or convent.
- to confine in a monastery or convent.
- to confine in retirement; seclude.
- to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
- to convert into a monastery or convent.
Origin of cloister
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Examples from the Web for cloistered
Formerly a playground for Sunday school kids, it has a spooky, cloistered feel to it.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
But over the years, cloistered in their mountain keep, complete with moat, Bender and Patton became ever more reclusive.Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion
May 25, 2014
Why should the cloistered wants of juvenile men, with baby opinions, dominate any medium and industry so many of us care about?The Video Game Industry Is Too White, Straight, and Male for Its Own Good
May 12, 2014
After World War II, interstate highways opened, and new bypasses rerouted life away from cloistered downtowns.The Dark Side of the Midwest
April 24, 2013
They expect speedy action to integrate that cloistered community into the army and the workforce.Obama Complicates Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks
J. J. Goldberg
February 7, 2013
That was the effect of my cloistered life, but I had no feeling of fear.My Double Life
The home, cloistered off, exclusive, can hardly be said to exist.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
How cloistered and constitutionally sequestered from the market and from scandal!Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
After his death her first impulse was to take the vows of a cloistered nun.Italy, the Magic Land
But I have concluded that such a motive for cloistered life is a cowardly one.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
- secluded or shut up from the world
- living in a monastery or nunnery
- (of a building, courtyard, etc) having or provided with a cloister
- 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
Word Origin and History for cloistered
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.