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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kloi-ster]
    • /ˈklɔɪ stər/
    • /ˈklɔɪ.stər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloi-ster]
    • /ˈklɔɪ stər/

Definitions of cloister word

  • countable noun cloister A cloister is a covered area round a square in a monastery or a cathedral. 3
  • noun 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 3
  • noun cloister a place of religious seclusion, such as a monastery 3
  • noun cloister life in a monastery or convent 3
  • verb cloister to confine or seclude in or as if in a monastery 3
  • noun cloister a place of religious seclusion: monastery or convent 3

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Origin of cloister

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English cloistre < Anglo-French, Old French, blend of cloison partition (see cloisonné) and clostre (< Latin claustrum barrier (Late Latin: enclosed place); see claustrum)

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Parts of speech for Cloister


cloister popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cloister

noun cloister

  • nunnery — a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.
  • convent — A convent is a building in which a community of nuns live.
  • hermitage — the habitation of a hermit.
  • monastery — a house or place of residence occupied by a community of persons, especially monks, living in seclusion under religious vows.
  • abbey — An abbey is a church with buildings attached to it in which monks or nuns live or used to live.

verb cloister

  • seclude — to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
  • shelter — something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
  • withdraw — to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove: She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
  • closet — A closet is a piece of furniture with doors at the front and shelves inside, which is used for storing things.
  • confine — To confine something to a particular place or group means to prevent it from spreading beyond that place or group.

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