con vent

convent

[kon-vent, -vuhnt]
noun
1.
a community of persons devoted to religious life under a superior.
2.
a society or association of monks, friars, or nuns: now usually used of a society of nuns.
3.
the building or buildings occupied by such a society; a monastery or nunnery.
4.
Obsolete. assembly; meeting.

Origin:
1175–1225; < Medieval Latin conventus; Latin: assembly, coming together, equivalent to conven(īre) (see convene) + -tus suffix of v. action; replacing Middle English covent < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above


1. abbey, priory. 3. cloister.
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convent (ˈkɒnvənt)
 
n
1.  a building inhabited by a religious community, usually of nuns
2.  the religious community inhabiting such a building
3.  Also called: convent school a school in which the teachers are nuns
 
[C13: from Old French covent, from Latin conventus meeting, from convenīre to come together; see convene]

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convent
late 13c., covent, from Anglo-Norm. covent, from O.Fr. convent, from L. conventus "assembly," used in M.L. for "religious house," originally pp. of convenire "come together" (see convene). Not exclusively feminine until 18c. The form with -n- emerged early 15c. The M.E.
form remains in London's Covent Garden district (notorious late 18c. for brothels), so called because it had been the garden of a defunct monastery.
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convent definition


A community of people in a religious order, especially nuns.

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