Definition of "cloistral" [clois•tral]

  • Of, relating to, or suggesting a cloister; secluded. (adjective)
  • Living in a cloister. (adjective)

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Use "cloistral" in a sentence
  • "A kind of cloistral quietude pervaded the place; the devotees who came in spoke in low voices, as if in a confessional, slipped their purchases into their bags furtively, and went off with downcast eyes."
  • "Who does not feel, when following Browne into his study or his garden, that here is a kind of cloistral retreat from the common places of the outside world, that the handsome man is a true gentleman and a noble friend, and that his best clothes are his every-day wear?"
  • "Started but did not finish: 4 (4.2%) … all distinterested lovers of books, will always look to [literature], as to all other fine art, for a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from a certain vulgarity in the actual world."