[ kloi-struhl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or living in a cloister.

Origin of cloistral

First recorded in 1595–1605; cloist(e)r + -al1

Other words from cloistral

  • un·clois·tral, adjective

Words Nearby cloistral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cloistral in a sentence

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

    Oxford and Her Colleges | Goldwin Smith
  • Their resolutions contemplated the abolition of secret masses, cloistral confinement, and other antiscriptural customs.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon | Karl Friedrich Ledderhose
  • The iron grip has held cloistral Noyon that was only too content to be forgotten in its distinguished retirement.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • They are like a jeweled cloistral screen around the Holy of Holies.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

British Dictionary definitions for cloistral



/ (ˈklɔɪstrəl) /

  1. of, like, or characteristic of a cloister

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