cloister

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
cloister

Plural
cloisters

The Cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral
  1. A cloister is a rectangular open space surrounded by covered walks or open galleries. It has open arcades on the inner side, running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle.

Verb[change]

Plain form
cloister

Third-person singular
cloisters

Past tense
cloistered

Past participle
cloistered

Present participle
cloistering

  1. (transitive) If you cloister yourself, you confine yourself in a convent or monastery