Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A community, especially of nuns, bound by vows to a religious life under a superior.
  • n. The building or buildings occupied by such a community.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A religious community whose members (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows.
  • n. The buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives.
  • n. A gathering of people lasting several days which come from different regions of a country or even the world for the purpose of discussing or working on topics previously selected.
  • v. To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A coming together; a meeting.
  • n. An association or community of recluses devoted to a religious life; a body of monks or nuns.
  • n. A house occupied by a community of religious recluses; a monastery or nunnery.
  • intransitive v. To meet together; to concur.
  • intransitive v. To be convenient; to serve.
  • transitive v. To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To meet; concur.
  • To serve; agree; be convenient or suitable.
  • . To call together; convoke; convene.
  • To call before a judge or tribunal.
  • n. A meeting or an assembly.
  • n. An association or a community of persons devoted to religious life and meditation; a society of monks or nuns. The term is popularly limited to such associations of women.
  • n. A house occupied by such a community; an abbey; a monastery or nunnery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
  • n. a religious residence especially for nuns

Etymologies

Middle English covent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin conventus, from Latin, assembly, from past participle of convenīre, to assemble; see convene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin conventus, perfect participle of the verb convenio, see con-, venio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This convent is also very large, but not so immense as that of San Francisco.

    Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country

  • Bearing in mind, then, that the term convent has to do with a corporation of men or women united into an organized society, and that the term monastery can strictly be applied only to the buildings -- the _domus_, in which that society has its home -- it will be well at starting that we should endeavour to gain some notion of the general plan of these buildings first, and when we have done that that we should proceed to deal next with the constitution of the society itself and the daily routine of conventual life.

    The Coming of the Friars

  • The Santo Domingo convent is spectacular, it is being repainted an it is something to see.

    San Crist�bal and World Heritage Status

  • "They had two libraries in the same house; the one called the convent library, and the other the library of the schools; whereof the former was open only to graduates; the latter to the scholars they called seculars, who lived among those friars for the sake of learning".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • My heart was beating fast and high, for I was journeying towards a certain Armenian convent, where I had good ground for hoping I should find the original manuscript of the fourth gospel, the very handwriting of the apostle John.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate V2

  • Sometimes when I wake in the night, -- though I don't know why one ever wakes in the night, or the daytime either here, -- I hear the bell of the convent, which is in our demesne, -- a convent which is suppressed, and where I hear, when I pass in the morning, the humming of a school.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • Therefore, let us call the convent Establishing Blessings Convent. "

    Lives of the Nuns

  • Let us remark in passing, that the burial of Mother Crucifixion under the altar of the convent is a perfectly venial offence in our sight.

    Les Miserables

  • The convent is a compression which, in order to triumph over the human heart, should last during the whole life.

    Les Miserables

  • Because the convent, which is common to the Orient as well as to the Occident, to antiquity as well as to modern times, to paganism, to Buddhism, to Mahometanism, as well as to

    Les Miserables

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