Definition of cloister :
1. A covered passage or ambulatory on one side of a court;
2. A monastic establishment; a place for retirement from the world for religious duties.
3. An inclosed place.
4. the series of such passages on the different sides of any court, esp. that of a monastery or a college.
5. To confine in, or as in, a cloister; to seclude from the world; to immure.
religious building (part of speech: noun)
clergy house, vicarage, abbey, chapel, tabernacle, meetinghouse, nunnery, deanery, rectory, house of god, shrine, church, monastery, convent, bishop's palace, pagoda, mosque, parsonage, priory, synagogue, pantheon, friary, temple, cathedral, manse, Vatican
seclude (part of speech: verb)
blacklist, detach, deport, expatriate, boycott, banish, evict, sequester, expel, excommunicate, extradite, segregate, cordon, exclude, closet, disbar, reject, exile, oust, confine, isolate, alienate, extirpate, ostracize, screen, separate, seclude, blackball, insulate, remove, eject, eliminate
- Next the tower is a very beautiful cloister, 11th cent. - "The South of France--East Half", Charles Bertram Black.
- On my way home from school that afternoon, I passed Bhaduri Mahasaya's cloister and decided on a visit. - "Autobiography of a YOGI", Paramhansa Yogananda.
- So disturbed were the canons by the numbers of students in the cloister, that externes were to be no longer admitted, nor other schools allowed on the north side where the canons lodged. - "The Story of Paris", Thomas Okey.