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

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. Unabridged
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convent (ˈkɒnvənt)
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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Word Origin & History

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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Cultural Dictionary

convent definition

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

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Example sentences
The convent is located in a great mansion enclosed by a park and approached by
  an avenue lined by trees.
She devised false doctrines, he charged, and defied orders to stay in her
  convent and not teach.
We didn't ascend to the hilltop convent for views of the city.
She grew up in a mansion and was educated in a convent.
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