What is another word for cloisters?

Pronunciation: [klˈɔ͡ɪstəz] (IPA)

Cloisters, which refer to a covered walkway in a monastery or church, have been a subject of art, literature, and architecture for centuries. Synonyms for this word include arcades, galleries, walkways, atria, ambulatories, and peristyles. These terms allude to the same purpose of providing a serene place for contemplation and reflection away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Cloisters often incorporate architectural design elements such as arches, vaults, and pillars, creating an atmosphere of grandeur and tranquility. These synonyms reflect the beauty and functionality of cloisters, which have become a part of the world's cultural heritage and a symbol of spiritual retreat and contemplation.

What are the hypernyms for Cloisters?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Cloisters

In 1520 the good old man had slept for six years in the cloisters of the monastery; where to-day the children of the Orphan Asylum play above his grave.
Beatrice Fortescue
There he developed an extraordinary talent for drawing; and the Prior, glad to turn it to account, gave him the cloisters and the church to paint.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)"
Mrs. Sutherland Orr
In a corner of these cloisters was the door of the Lodge-the master's private dwelling.
"Christian's Mistake"
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Famous quotes with Cloisters

  • The total institutions of our society can be linked in five rough groupings. First, there are institutions established to care for persons felt to be both incapable and harmless; these are the homes for the blind, the aged, the orphaned, and the indigent. Second, there are places established to care for persons felt to be incapable of looking after themselves and a threat to the community, albeit an unintended one: TB sanitaria, mental hospitals, and leprosaria. A third type of total institution is organised to protect the community against what are felt to be intentional dangers to it, with the welfare of the persons thus sequestered not the immediate issue: jails, penitentiaries, P.O.W. camps, and concentration camps. Fourth, there are institutions purportedly established the better to pursue some work-like tasks and justifying themselves only on these instrumental grounds: army barracks, ships, boarding schools, work camps, colonial compounds, and large mansions from the point of view of those who live in the servants' quarters. Finally, there are those establishments designed as retreats from the world even while often serving also as training stations for the religious; examples are abbeys, monasteries, convents, and other cloisters.
    Erving Goffman
  • A fearful thing stood at the cloister's end And eyed him for a while, then 'gan to wend Adown the cloisters, and began again That rattling, and the moan like fiends in pain. And as it came on towards him, with its teeth The body of a slain goat did it tear, The blood whereof in its hot jaws did seethe, And on its tongue he saw the smoking hair; Then his heart sank, and standing trembling there, Throughout his mind wild thoughts and fearful ran: "Some fiend she was," he said, "the bane of man." Yet he abode her still, although his blood Curdled within him: the thing dropped the goat, And creeping on, came close to where he stood, And raised its head to him and wrinkled throat. Then he cried out and wildly at her smote, Shutting his eyes, and turned and from the place Ran swiftly, with a white and ghastly face.
    William Morris
  • Pain and penitence forsaking, Hearts like cloisters dim and grey, By your laughter lured, awaking Join with you the dance of day.
    George William Russell
  • Ye fetted pinnacles, ye fanes sublime, Ye towers that wear the mossy vest of time; Ye massy piles of old munificence, At once the pride of learning and defence; Ye cloisters pale, that, lengthening to the sight, To contemplation, step by step, invite; Ye temples dim, where pious duty pays Her holy hymns of everlasting praise - Hail ! Oxford, hail !
    Thomas Warton

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