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From Medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus (convent).



conventual (comparative more conventual, superlative most conventual)

  1. Pertaining to a convent or convent life; cloistered, monastic.
    • 1976, Angela Carter, ‘Health on the Brain’, in Shaking a Leg, Vintage 2013, p. 82:
      The Sunday Times has convinced me I ought to immediately start out on a new regime of positively conventual austerity in order to reduce the burden on a strained NHS by not forcing them to have to cope with my ling cancer or coronary.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 267:
      The Breton Club resumed its meetings in the refectory of an empty conventual building in the rue Saint-Jacques.


Derived terms[edit]


conventual (plural conventuals)

  1. A member of a convent.



conventual (plural conventuales)

  1. conventual (pertaining to a convent)
    • 2015 September 21, “Quito reitera su riqueza histórica”, in El País[1]:
      La semana pasada, el arquitecto de profesión desnudó los edificios conventuales de las órdenes religiosas que recalaron en la urbe y subrayó los “crímenes contra el patrimonio” cometidos por los presidentes de la época republicana, que intervinieron estos edificios.