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

  • n. The period of being a novice.
  • n. A place where novices live.
  • n. See novice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the period during which a novice of a religious order undergoes training
  • n. the place where a novice lives and studies
  • n. a novice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments.
  • n. The time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows.
  • n. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice.
  • n. The place where novices live or are trained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inexperienced; unpractised.
  • n. The state or time of being a novice; time of initiation; apprenticeship.
  • n. Specifically The period of probation of a young monk or nun before finally taking the monastic vows. See novice, 2.
  • n. A novice or probationer.
  • n. The house or separate building, in connection with a convent, in which the novices pass their time of probation.

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)
  • n. someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows


Medieval Latin novīciātus, from novīcius, novice; see novice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin novitiatus ("a novitiate"), from Latin novicius, novitius ("a novice"), from novus ("new"). (Wiktionary)



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