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  • n. the period during which you are a novice

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See novitiate.

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

  • n. the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)


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  • When we were at the noviciate, we observed, while serving his private Mass, that after the introit, the gradual, the offertory, the communion – all the sung pieces, in short – he would mark a pause, not found in the rubrics, and absorb himself in meditation.

    The Music Speaks Along with the Words

  • During her noviciate, her spiritual director was Fr Aladel, who had also been the director of St. Catherine Laboure.

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  • Lochleven, hunted round to the place in which I served my noviciate, and now ye are come to rouse me up again! —

    The Abbot

  • He could not avoid the remembrance of what very poor things the amateur rowing clubs on the Thames were in the early days of his noviciate; not to mention the difference in the build of the boats.

    Speeches: Literary and Social

  • You are indeed in your noviciate, as to every laudable attainment.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Dearest Madam, forbear for the present: I am but in my noviciate.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • That would be given to her when she finished her noviciate.

    The Last of the Wilds

  • My father applauded my resolution, and I immediately was admited a noviciate into this monastery, with the Superior of which my father had in his youth been acquainted.

    A Sicilian Romance

  • At this moment a squire, clothed in a threadbare vestment, (for the aspirants after this holy Order wore during their noviciate the cast-off garments of the knights,) entered the garden, and, bowing profoundly before the Grand Master, stood silent, awaiting his permission ere he presumed to tell his errand.


  • Andouillets, &c. &c. and out of friendship for the abbess and Mademoiselle Margarita, who was only in her noviciate, he had come along with them from the confines of Savoy, &c. &c.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman


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