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
All were nobles, trained in the profession of arms, and this period – which might be described as a novitiate – was the crucible in which the specific spirituality of the Templars gradually took shape.
And then we see that the Maytag novitiate is in the back room with a cell phone, foiled in his attempt to get the box of Cheez-Its.
The latter, though obliged to respect the prerogatives of the novice-master, remains the real immediate superior of the novices, and outside that part of the house which is called the novitiate, the direction of the entire community belongs exclusively to him.
Attached to the novitiate are a teacher's seminary and practice school.
The first occupants of the novitiate were the founder himself, his first associate, Father La Vavasseur, and a sub-deacon, M. Collin.
In our monastery the novitiate is the brighest, most beautiful part of the house with the best view!
Canon law stipulates that the novitiate should be a separate house or area.
The novitiate is a very unique, very privileged time of a sister's monastic life.
"You are speaking, I suppose, of some rule of life, some kind of novitiate to which you had to submit yourself," said Mr. Harland --
He had always wished to be a Jesuit, and, after a novitiate which is described as most edifying, he became a professed member of the Order.