Definition of cloister noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklɔɪstə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɔɪstər//
    Religious buildings
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] a covered passage with arches around a square garden, usually forming part of a cathedral, convent or monastery The 12th century church and cloisters remain surprisingly intact. See related entries: Religious buildings
  2. 2[singular] life in a convent or monastery the calm of the cloister
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘place of religious seclusion’): from Old French cloistre, from Latin claustrum, clostrum ‘lock, enclosed place’, from claudere, ‘to close’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cloister