What does novitiate mean?

novitiate meaning in General Dictionary

the time during which you might be a novice (especially in a religious purchase)

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  • someone who has registered a religious order but have not taken final vows
  • their state of being a newcomer; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments.
  • Hence: period of probation in a religious home before taking the vows.
  • person who goes through a novitiate, or period of probation; a newcomer.
  • The place where beginners live or tend to be trained.

novitiate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

also noviciate, "state to be a novice," c.1600, from center French noviciat or directly from Medieval Latin novitiatus, from Late Latin novitius "novice," from Latin adjective novicius (see beginner).


novitiate meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Their state to be a newcomer; time of initiation or training in rudiments.

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  • (letter.) For this reason: Time of probation in a religious house before you take the vows.
  • (n.) Person who goes through a novitiate, or period of probation; a newcomer.
  • (n.) Where novices live or tend to be trained.

Sentence Examples with the word novitiate

Among other buildings and institutions are a novitiate of Marist Fathers, a science and art school, a pier with pavilion and concert rooms, and a yacht club.

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