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cloister (noun) a place where monks or nuns live; a covered passage along the wall of a square garden.

A cloister is where monks, a group of unmarried men, vowed to a religious life, and without any possessions, live away from ordinary people. Also, a convent or a house of nuns, where virgin women, vowed to a religious life, live. The monks and nuns live by themselves, away from other people, and spend their time on prayer and service activities like running schools, hospitals, etc.. A covered passage along the walls of a square garden, especially one forming a part of a big Church, is a cloister.

  • Used to the calm and silence of the cloister where the monk had lived, he found the noise and bustle of the city he was visiting after years, quite maddening and confusing.
  • The calm of the cloister, where the new nun had to spend time lonely in the first few days of her life there, made her long for the company of her near and dear ones.
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