American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a convent.
- n. A member of a convent.
- n. A member of a branch of the Franciscan order that permits the accumulation and possession of common property.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to a convent; monastic: as, conventual priors.
- n. One who lives in a convent; a monk or a nun.
- n. [capitalized] A member of one of the two great branches of the Franciscan order, the other being the Observants. See Franciscan. They live in convents, follow a mitigated rule, wear a black habit and cowl, and do not go barefooted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a convent; monastic.
- n. One who lives in a convent; a monk or nun; a recluse.
- adj. of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
- From Medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus ("convent"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin conventuālis, from conventus, convent; see convent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ely thus became a cathedral -- of the kind that was called conventual cathedrals.”
“This official public Mass is called the conventual Mass; if possible it should be a high Mass, but, even if it be not, it always has some of the features of high Mass.”
“The qualifying word conventual, provinical, or general, explains the nature of the meeting, and a general chapter, therefore, is one composed of representatives of a whole order or congregation or other group of monasteries.”
“Gregory VII., with the aid of the Countess Matilda, for the principle of papal supremacy exerted a marked influence upon the religious life of the time and gave an undoubted impetus to the idea of conventual life for women, as during this period many new cloisters were established.”
“The conventional [Transcriber's Note: so in original, probably should be "conventual"] buildings sold and destroyed, portions only reserved for residence of Dean and Canons and other officers.”
“conventual" Mass (missa conventualis); it completes, with the canonical Hours, the official public service of God in such a church.”
“Our good friend Martin Bürger of EXSVLTET now has two short videos of the conventual Mass last 4 August, Feast of St. Dominic.”
“The Church in Wales had never run to nunneries, as even conventual life for men had never been on the same monastic pattern as in England.”
“No more reconciled to the prospect of marriage with the unknown bridegroom from Anglesey than to a conventual cell among strangers in England, Heledd had slipped through the gates of Aber before they closed at night, and gone to look for some future of her own choosing.”
“Come, you have your reasons for wishing to enter the conventual life.”
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