Meaning of claustral in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklɔːstr(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to a cloister or religious house.

    ‘claustral buildings’
    • ‘Most frequently it seems it was either the abbot's lodgings or, as at Lacock Abbey, some of the claustral buildings which were adapted.’
    • ‘A claustral oblate candidate may be received into the novitiate by the abbot with the consent of the chapter.’
    • ‘By the 1930s it was divided into two dwellings and the several tenants of the claustral buildings included firms of printers and mineral water manufacturers.’
    • ‘At Mellifont we have the earliest remains of a claustral planned monastery in Ireland.’
    • ‘It seems that for a period of 35 to 40 years there was an immense injection of capital and labour which was directed to the construction of the claustral complex.’
    cloistered, conventual, cloistral, claustral, canonical, monastical
  • 2 literary Enveloping; confining.

    ‘this claustral heat’
    • ‘At once claustral and emancipating, these poems announce that the event of life is meaningless without the form we give to it.’


Late Middle English from late Latin claustralis, from Latin claustrum ‘lock, enclosed place’ (see cloister).