Synonyms for cloister
- chapter house
- religious community
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLOISTER
For five years Angelique lived and grew there, as if in a cloister, far away from the world.
But, to say he turned his eyes upon the cloister keys, is a mere figure of speech.
The convent-bell struck midnight, and there was a foot-fall in the cloister.
This enclosed, quiet residence vaguely recalled the cloister.
Here they may have supported the wooden roof of a cloister or porch.
And is there, think you, no way of serving God but in the sterility of the cloister?
Fra Gervasio was more than right when he said that mine was not a nature for the cloister.
It was you who taught me the lesson that the world is God's world and that God is in the world as much as in the cloister.
Of the third court the cloister on the western side fronts the river.
So, too, there is not a cloister in the world that serves the world for God's sake.
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.