1. Of, pertaining to, resembling or living in a cloister.
    Synonyms: claustral
    • 1606, Samuel Daniel, The Queen’s Arcadia, in The Poetical Works of Mr. Samuel Daniel, London: R. Gosling, 1717, The Epistle, pp. 151-152,
      [...] it is in that Kind [of Words], as best accords
      With rural Passions, which use not to reach
      Beyond the Groves, and Woods, where they were bred
      And best become a Cloistral Exercise,
      Where Men shut out retir’d, and sequestred
      From publick Fashion, seem to sympathize
      With innocent and plain Simplicity:
    • 1766, Thomas Amory, The Life of John Buncle: Esq., London: J. Johnson and B. Davenport, Volume 2, Section 3, p. 56,
      As to the marriage of the friars in this cloystral house, their founder, Ivon, in my opinion, was quite right in this notion.
    • 1915, Ford Madox Hueffer [i.e., Ford Madox Ford], chapter II, in The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion, London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York, N.Y.: John Lane Company, OCLC 32425523 ↗; republished Harmondsworth, Middlesex [London]: Penguin Books, 1972 (1982 printing), →ISBN, part III, page 126 ↗:
      Coming straight from the convent, she had gone in behind the high walls of the manor-house that was almost more cloistral than any convent could have been.
    • 1932, William Faulkner, chapter 19, in Light in August, [New York, N.Y.]: Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, OCLC 644581344 ↗; republished London: Chatto & Windus, 1933, OCLC 154633965 ↗, page 438 ↗:
      [T]he three men followed, rushing into the hall, pausing, bringing with them into its stale and cloistral dimness something of the savage summer sunlight which they had just left.
  2. Sheltered from the world; monastic.
    • 1844, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Child Asleep”, in Poems. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 270767504 ↗, page 126 ↗:
      Speak not! he is consecrated— / Breathe no breath across his eyes: / Lifted up and separated / On the hand of God he lies, / In a sweetness beyond touching,—held in cloistral sanctities.
    • 1936, D. H. Lawrence, “Education of the People” in Edward D. McDonald (ed.), Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, London: Heinemann, p. 588,
      [...] however cloistral our elementary schools may be, sheltering the eternal flame of the high ideal of human existence, Jimmy Shepherd, aged twelve, and Nancy Shepherd, aged thirteen, know very well that the eternal flame of the high ideal is all my-eye.
  3. Secluded.
    • 1850, William Wordsworth, The Prelude, London: Edward Moxon, Book 6, p. 163,
      [...] cloistral avenues,
      Where silence dwells if music be not there:
    • 1904, Clinton Scollard, “The Summoner” in The Lyric Bough, New York: James Pott, p. 26,
      Then, responsive to the bird’s insistence,
      From the margin of some cloistral shore
      Came a murmur up the hollow distance,
      “On the morrow will I ope the door!”
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