Definition of claustral in English:



  • 1Relating to a cloister or religious house.

    ‘claustral buildings’
    • ‘At Mellifont we have the earliest remains of a claustral planned monastery in Ireland.’
    • ‘Most frequently it seems it was either the abbot's lodgings or, as at Lacock Abbey, some of the claustral buildings which were adapted.’
    • ‘It seems that for a period of 35 to 40 years there was an immense injection of capital and labour which was directed to the construction of the claustral complex.’
    • ‘By the 1930s it was divided into two dwellings and the several tenants of the claustral buildings included firms of printers and mineral water manufacturers.’
    • ‘A claustral oblate candidate may be received into the novitiate by the abbot with the consent of the chapter.’
    cloistered, conventual, cloistral, canonical, monastical
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  • 2literary Enveloping; confining.

    ‘this claustral heat’
    • ‘At once claustral and emancipating, these poems announce that the event of life is meaningless without the form we give to it.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin claustralis, from Latin claustrum ‘lock, enclosed place’ (see cloister).