This word (from the Latin novicius, meaning "inexperienced") refers to the religious house or to the program of areligious community, where novices prepare themselves to enter into full membership of that community by taking vows.

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  • Novitiate — Novitiate, alt. noviciate, is the period of training and preparation that a novice (or prospective) monastic or member of a religious order undergoes prior to taking vows in order to discern whether they are called to the religious life. A novice …   Wikipedia

  • Novitiate — No*vi ti*ate, n. [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.] [1913 Webster] 1. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: The time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • novitiate — index apprentice, preparation, probationer (one being tested) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • novitiate — (n.) also noviciate, state of being a novice, c.1600, from M.Fr. noviciat or directly from M.L. novitiatus, from L.L. novitius novice, from Latin adjective novicius (see NOVICE (Cf. novice)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • novitiate — *novice, apprentice, probationer, postulant, neophyte …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • novitiate — (also noviciate) ► NOUN 1) the period or state of being a novice. 2) a religious novice. 3) a place housing religious novices …   English terms dictionary

  • novitiate — [nō vish′it; ] also, and chiefly Brit [, nōvish′ē it, nō vish′ēāt΄] n. [Fr noviciat < ML novitiatus] 1. a) the period or state of being a novice b) NOVICE 2. the quarters assigned to religious novices: Also Chiefly Brit. noviciate …   English World dictionary

  • novitiate — UK [nəʊˈvɪʃɪət] / US [noʊˈvɪʃət] / US [noʊˈvɪʃɪət] noun [countable] Word forms novitiate : singular novitiate plural novitiates the period of time that someone spends as a novice in a religious community …   English dictionary

  • novitiate — noun 1) his novitiate lasts a year Syn: probationary period, probation, trial period, test period, apprenticeship, training period, traineeship, training, initiation 2) two young novitiates Syn: novice, neophyte …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • novitiate — noun Etymology: French noviciat, from Medieval Latin noviciatus, from novicius Date: 1600 1. the period or state of being a novice 2. a house where novices are trained 3. novice …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • novitiate — /noh vish ee it, ayt /, n. 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,… …   Universalium