Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)
  • noun someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin novīciātus, from novīcius, novice; see novice.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin novitiatus ("a novitiate"), from Latin novicius, novitius ("a novice"), from novus ("new").

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  • he had been deeply initiated into what is called the world, while I was yet in my novitiate

    April 21, 2011