The Chapter-House opens upon the eastern alley of the cloister.
For five years Angelique lived and grew there, as if in a cloister, far away from the world.
But he had entered the cloister, not to acquire the reputation of a great genius, but in quest of the food of piety.
The convent-bell struck midnight, and there was a foot-fall in the cloister.
The priestly agent, after craven prayers for his life, was immured for a time in a cloister.
This enclosed, quiet residence vaguely recalled the cloister.
The books, therefore, ought not to be carried away into chambers, or into corners outside the cloister or the Church.
Here they may have supported the wooden roof of a cloister or porch.
The remains of the infirmary and little cloisters are on the north of the cloister.
Fra Gervasio was more than right when he said that mine was not a nature for the cloister.
early 13c., from Old French cloistre "monastery, convent; enclosure" (12c., Modern French cloître), from Medieval Latin claustrum "portion of monastery closed off to laity," from Latin claustrum (usually in plural, claustra) "place shut in, enclosure; bar, bolt, means of shutting in," from past participle stem of claudere (see close (v.)).
"The original purpose of cloisters was to afford a place in which the monks could take exercise and recreation" [Century Dictionary]. Spelling in French influenced by cloison "partition." Old English had clustor, clauster in the sense "prison, lock, barrier," directly from Latin, and cf. from the same source Dutch klooster, German Kloster, Polish klasztor.
c.1400 (implied in cloistered), from cloister (n.). Figurative use from c.1600. Related: Cloistered; cloistering.