[kloi-struh l]


of, relating to, or living in a cloister.

Origin of cloistral

First recorded in 1595–1605; cloist(e)r + -al1
Related formsun·clois·tral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cloistral

Historical Examples of cloistral

  • Reuben followed him into the cloistral odors and shadows of the sitting-room.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

  • So she loved the cloistral feeling autumn brought with it to Welsley.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • But the rule was moral and academical, not cloistral or ascetic.

  • Their existence had a cloistral quality which appealed to something in him.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • And from a thick maple on the edge of a clearing a hermit-thrush fluted slowly over and over his cloistral ecstasy.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for cloistral




of, like, or characteristic of a cloister
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cloistral

c.1600, from cloister + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper