Definition of convent in English:


Syllabification: con·vent
Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌvent


  • 1A Christian community under monastic vows, especially one of nuns.
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    • Christian monasteries and convents assumed this role in the Middle Ages to discourage the abandonment of children and unwanted infants.
    • In ten short years, several historic monasteries and convents have been restored to the Orthodox church and have welcomed hundreds of young novices.
    • Soon the effects of the new teaching were widely felt, with monks and nuns leaving their monasteries and convents.
  • 1.1 (also convent school) A school, especially one for girls, attached to and run by convent.
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    • I thought of the convent school in which I was educated from kindergarten to high school.
    • Robert spent his first six months of schooling at the convent school as it was not so far to walk.
    • She was educated at a convent school, married a dashing young Indian doctor - a cousin-by-marriage to the Queen Mother - and began a happy union which was to take her halfway round the world.
  • 1.2The building or buildings occupied by a convent.
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    • The new application sought permission to convert and refurbish the convent and erect two buildings on the site.
    • Pioneering work in the diocese at this time was extremely difficult, setting out lands for the building of schools, convents etc.
    • This building - a convent in a former life - was plain, but just like the gardens, well cared-for.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin conventus 'assembly, company', from the verb convenire (see convene). The original spelling was covent (surviving in the place name Covent Garden); the modern form dates from the 16th century.

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