cloister (plural cloisters)
- A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially:
- such an arcade in a monastery;
- such an arcade fitted with representations of the stages of Christ's Passion.
- A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
- (figuratively) The monastic life.
- French: cloître
- German: Kreuzgang
- Italian: chiostro
- Portuguese: claustro
- Russian: клуа́тр
- Spanish: claustro
cloister (cloisters, present participle cloistering; past and past participle cloistered)
- (intransitive) To become a Roman Catholic religious.
- (transitive) To confine in a cloister, voluntarily or not.
- (intransitive) To deliberately withdraw from worldly things.
- (transitive) To provide with a cloister or cloisters.
- The architect cloistered the college just like the monastery which founded it.
- (transitive) To protect or isolate.
- (become a Catholic religious) enter religion