As nouns the difference between cloister and courtyard
is that cloister
is a covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially while courtyard
is an area, open to the sky, partially or wholly surrounded by walls or buildings.
As a verb cloister
is to become a Roman Catholic religious.
* cloistre (obsolete)
A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle; especially:
# such arcade in a monastery
# such arcade fitted with representations of the stages of Christ's Passion
A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.
(figuratively) The monastic life
To become a Roman Catholic religious.
To confine in a cloister, voluntarily or not.
To deliberately withdraw from worldly things.
To provide with (a) cloister(s).
To protect or isolate.
- ''The architect cloistered the college just like the monastery which founded it
* (become a Catholic religious) enter religion
an area, open to the sky, partially or wholly surrounded by walls or buildings
- She sat in the courtyard , enjoying the garden.