AskDefine | Define cloistered

Dictionary Definition

cloistered adj
1 of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows [syn: cloistral, conventual, monastic, monastical]
2 providing privacy or seclusion; "the cloistered academic world of books"; "sat close together in the sequestered pergola"; "sitting under the reclusive calm of a shade tree"; "a secluded romantic spot" [syn: reclusive, secluded, sequestered]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Pertaining to one who lives in a cloister or a cloister-like environment, or who was raised that way.
  2. Pertaining to isolation, protection, being hidden way for the sake of maintaining innocence; naive, lacking in worldliness.


  1. past of cloister

Extensive Definition

A cloister (from Latin claustrum) is a part of cathedral, monastic and abbey architecture. A cloister consists usually of four corridors, with a courtyard or garth in the middle. It is intended to be both covered from the rain, but open to the air. The attachment of a cloister to a Cathedral church usually indicates that it is (or was once) a monastic foundation.
Cloistered (or "Claustral") life is also another name for the life of a monk or nun in the enclosed religious orders; the modern English term enclosure is used in contemporary Catholic church law to mean cloistered, and cloister is sometimes used as a synonym for monastery.
In medieval times, cloisters served the primary function of quiet meditation or study gardens.
The worldwide biggest cloister (12000 m²) is in the Certosa di Padula in southern Italy.

See also


cloistered in Breton: Kloastr
cloistered in Catalan: Claustre
cloistered in Czech: Křížová chodba
cloistered in German: Kreuzgang
cloistered in Spanish: Claustro
cloistered in Esperanto: Klostro
cloistered in French: Cloître
cloistered in Galician: Claustro
cloistered in Italian: Chiostro
cloistered in Hebrew: קלויסטר
cloistered in Luxembourgish: Kräizgank
cloistered in Dutch: Kloostergang
cloistered in Japanese: 回廊
cloistered in Norwegian: Korsgang
cloistered in Polish: Krużganek
cloistered in Portuguese: Claustro
cloistered in Swedish: Korsgång
cloistered in Thai: ระเบียงคด
cloistered in Chinese: 回廊

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