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From Middle French novitiat, from Medieval Latin novitiatus (“a novitiate”), from Latin novicius, novitius (“a novice”), from novus (“new”).
novitiate (plural novitiates)
- A novice.
- The period during which a novice of a religious order undergoes training.
- 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 24531354, page 214:
- Three weeks after the departure of the Mandevilles, all Naples flocked to witness the profession of a young Englishwoman, a dispensation having been obtained for the novitiate.
- The place where a novice lives and studies.
the period during which a novice of a religious order undergoes training
- novitiate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- novitiate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- novitiate at OneLook Dictionary Search