Within a monastery, the sheltered arcade surrounding an open courtyard area. It served as a general utility area. The entrance to the monastery could be found in the northwest corner of the cloister.
Related term(s): Monastery; Refectory; Scriptorium; Infirmary
Category: Western Christianity
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 149-50.