Definition of cloistered in US English:



  • 1Having or enclosed by a cloister, as in a monastery.

    ‘a cloistered walkway bordered the courtyard’
    • ‘You walk along airy, cloistered corridors decorated with huge paintings to reach the Monasterio's 100 plus rooms and almost 20 suites.’
    • ‘A cloistered walkway cloaked in blackness ran around the periphery of the ground floor of the atrium.’
    • ‘The hymn-anthem, incorporating a popular hymn tune or carol, was one product of the expansion of anthem singing beyond the cloistered cathedral setting.’
    • ‘The names don't sing of cloistered halls and port wine the way Alistair does.’
    • ‘The cloistered walkways of Cambridge Crematorium are dotted with granite plaques bearing the names of the dear departed.’
    • ‘It has three main parts: the low density burial area; an individual ossuary tower; and a cloistered ossuary and store for cinerary remains.’
  • 2Kept away from the outside world; sheltered.

    ‘a cloistered upbringing’
    • ‘However, I learned a lot in my cloistered state.’
    • ‘As this cloistered, claustrophobic existence begins to give way to outside pressure, the pathos of Lamb and Doggo's stories is made pitifully real.’
    • ‘For the two founders, who prided themselves on being well-informed, it would be a harsh lesson in the dangers of being too clever and too cloistered.’
    • ‘‘Tibet was cloistered away from the effects of modernity right up until the 1950s,’ says Harris.’
    • ‘Walker was talking about racism of a type I don't think we've ever experienced in our cloistered little corner of the South-west Pacific.’
    • ‘But sound artist Francisco Lopez is no cloistered academic, folks, no matter how many big words he tosses around.’
    • ‘This failure to meet publication dates highlights the problem of cloistered academics.’
    • ‘I am saying to him that he should stay in his cloistered, academic gown, hopelessly out of touch with the real economy.’
    • ‘Enough with your slightly cloistered existence and cheap catnip toys.’
    • ‘But these letters aside, Brick Lane is a cloistered domestic drama, unperturbed by the outside world.’
    • ‘After the cloistered halls of academia came the kitchens of the Forte Group in the UK.’
    • ‘Understanding something such as a random act of violence is difficult for Gerald, because of his cloistered upbringing.’
    • ‘More than 25 years ago, Koestenbaum traded the cloistered halls of academia for the front lines of the global economy.’
    • ‘In the larger world outside the cloistered environs of Cambridge academia, the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of life was shaken yet again.’
    • ‘How could they contribute to society without leaving the cloistered surroundings of the academy?’
    • ‘It was an artificial and cloistered existence.’
    • ‘It is by no means an entirely cloistered existence.’
    • ‘Eventually their cloistered world is interrupted when the violence outside literally comes crashing in, forcing them to face the truth of their convictions.’
    • ‘Those in their 40s, 50s and 60s have only Jungian flash-memories of our elders' inhibited and cloistered past.’
    • ‘When it was time to leave the cloistered halls of academia and put all her knowledge to use, she chose to come to Pattaya to work.’
    secluded, sheltered, sequestered, shielded, protected
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