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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.

Synonyms:

retreat, include, religious residence, sanctuary, ambulatory, house, sequestrate, order, gallery, colonnade, court, hermitage.

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