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
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)