noviciate

novitiate

[noh-vish-ee-it, -eyt]
noun
1.
the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation.
2.
the quarters occupied by religious novices during probation.
3.
the state or period of being a beginner in anything.
4.
a novice.
Also, noviciate.


Origin:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to novīti(us) novice + -ātus -ate3

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novitiate or noviciate (nəʊˈvɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt, nəʊˈvɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
 
n
1.  the state of being a novice, esp in a religious order, or the period for which this lasts
2.  the part of a religious house where the novices live
3.  a less common word for novice
 
[C17: from French noviciat, from Latin novīciusnovice]
 
noviciate or noviciate
 
n
 
[C17: from French noviciat, from Latin novīciusnovice]

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