Definition of novitiate in English:

novitiate

Line breaks: no¦viti|ate
Pronunciation: /nə(ʊ)ˈvɪʃɪət
 
, -ɪeɪt/
(also noviciate)

noun

  • 1The period or state of being a novice, especially in a religious order.
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    • Even in the golden days of my novitiate, such places were few and far between.
    • This ceremony also signaled the beginning of her novitiate - a year-long ‘trial’ period in which she lived among the convent community, observing its rules and strictures.
    • The convent countered that those sums had been for the year of her novitiate, but that her formal profession involved a new set of expenses.
    Synonyms
    probationary period, probation, trial period, test period, apprenticeship, training period, traineeship, training, initiation
  • 1.1A novice, especially in a religious order.
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    • Now Wats are inhabited by monks, teachers, nuns, novitiates, school children, street-side sellers and tourists.
    • Once the ceremony was over, the novitiates, priestesses and nuns gathered together in the great hall beneath the statue of Auset for a feast.
    • There are teachers, nuns, novitiates, school children, street vendors and even tourists.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2A place housing religious novices.
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    • There Was an Ancient House presents a disillusioned view of life in a Jesuit novitiate.
    • He entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15.
    • He entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15.

Origin

early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin noviciatus, from Latin novicius 'new' (see novice).

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