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Meaning of cloister

clois•ter

Pronunciation: (kloi'stur), [key]
— n.
  1. a covered walk, esp. in a religious institution, having an open arcade or colonnade usually opening onto a courtyard.
  2. a courtyard, esp. in a religious institution, bordered with such walks.
  3. a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or convent.
  4. any quiet, secluded place.
  5. life in a monastery or convent.
—v.t.
  1. to confine in a monastery or convent.
  2. to confine in retirement; seclude.
  3. to furnish with a cloister or covered walk.
  4. to convert into a monastery or convent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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