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(n) a monastery, convent or other such place which offers religious seclusion; any secluded place. Origin: L claudere, to close The nuns lived within the secluded confines of the cloister. When the self-sacrifice and reticence required for the cloister began to suffocate the 19-year-old Tina, who had become a nun a year ago, she broke away. While the women of previous centuries led a cloistered existence in their homes, the 20th century women stepped out of the threshold and participated in every public sphere.

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