Definition of cloistered in 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.’
    • ‘The cloistered walkways of Cambridge Crematorium are dotted with granite plaques bearing the names of the dear departed.’
    • ‘The names don't sing of cloistered halls and port wine the way Alistair does.’
    • ‘The hymn-anthem, incorporating a popular hymn tune or carol, was one product of the expansion of anthem singing beyond the cloistered cathedral setting.’
    • ‘A cloistered walkway cloaked in blackness ran around the periphery of the ground floor of the atrium.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘After the cloistered halls of academia came the kitchens of the Forte Group in the UK.’
    • ‘I am saying to him that he should stay in his cloistered, academic gown, hopelessly out of touch with the real economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Understanding something such as a random act of violence is difficult for Gerald, because of his cloistered upbringing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But sound artist Francisco Lopez is no cloistered academic, folks, no matter how many big words he tosses around.’
    • ‘As this cloistered, claustrophobic existence begins to give way to outside pressure, the pathos of Lamb and Doggo's stories is made pitifully real.’
    • ‘Those in their 40s, 50s and 60s have only Jungian flash-memories of our elders' inhibited and cloistered past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is by no means an entirely cloistered existence.’
    • ‘In the larger world outside the cloistered environs of Cambridge academia, the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of life was shaken yet again.’
    • ‘It was an artificial and cloistered existence.’
    • ‘Enough with your slightly cloistered existence and cheap catnip toys.’
    • ‘‘Tibet was cloistered away from the effects of modernity right up until the 1950s,’ says Harris.’
    • ‘Eventually their cloistered world is interrupted when the violence outside literally comes crashing in, forcing them to face the truth of their convictions.’
    • ‘How could they contribute to society without leaving the cloistered surroundings of the academy?’
    • ‘This failure to meet publication dates highlights the problem of cloistered academics.’
    • ‘But these letters aside, Brick Lane is a cloistered domestic drama, unperturbed by the outside world.’
    • ‘More than 25 years ago, Koestenbaum traded the cloistered halls of academia for the front lines of the global economy.’
    • ‘However, I learned a lot in my cloistered state.’
    secluded, sheltered, sequestered, shielded, protected
    shut-off, isolated, withdrawn, confined, restricted, insulated, reclusive, retiring, unworldly
    solitary, monastic, hermitic, hermit-like
    eremitic, anchoritic, cloistral
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