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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a convent or convent life; cloistered, monastic.
  • n. A member of a convent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a convent; monastic.
  • n. One who lives in a convent; a monk or nun; a recluse.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin conventuālis, from conventus, convent; see convent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus ("convent"). (Wiktionary)

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