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novitiate

[noh-vish-ee-it, -eyt] /noʊˈvɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
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
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to novīti(us) novice + -ātus -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for noviciate

novitiate

/nəʊˈvɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from French noviciat, from Latin novīciusnovice
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Word Origin and History for noviciate

novitiate

n.

also noviciate, "state of being a novice," c.1600, from Middle French noviciat or directly from Medieval Latin novitiatus, from Late Latin novitius "novice," from Latin adjective novicius (see novice).

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