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From Anglo-Norman covent, from Latin conventus, perfect participle of the verb convenio, see con-, venio.



convent ‎(plural convents)

  1. A religious community whose members (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows.
  2. The buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives.
    • Addison
      One seldom finds in Italy a spot of ground more agreeable than ordinary that is not covered with a convent.
  3. A gathering of people lasting several days for the purpose of discussing or working on topics previously selected.
  4. A coming together; a meeting.
    • Ben Jonson
      a usual ceremony at their [the witches'] convents or meetings


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convent ‎(third-person singular simple present convents, present participle conventing, simple past and past participle convented)

  1. (obsolete) To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.
  2. (obsolete) To meet together; to concur.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) To be convenient; to serve.



convent m ‎(plural convents)

  1. convent, nunnery