the time during which you might be a novice (especially in a religious purchase)
- 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.
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).
(n.) Their state to be a newcomer; time of initiation or training in rudiments.
- (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.
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.