Definition of novitiate in English:

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novitiate

Pronunciation: /nōˈviSHēət/ /nəˈviSHət/
(also noviciate)

noun

1The period or state of being a novice, especially in a religious order.
Example sentences
  • 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 place housing religious novices.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A novice, especially in a religious order.
Example sentences
  • 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
postulant, proselyte, catechumen

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with novitiate

initiate, patriciate

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: no·vi·ti·ate

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