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novitiate

noun no·vi·tiate \nō-ˈvi-shət, nə-\

: the time when a person is a religious novice

Full Definition of NOVITIATE

1
:  the period or state of being a novice
2
:  a house where novices are trained
3
:  novice
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Examples of NOVITIATE

  1. <a novitiate in the rarefied world of international diplomacy, the recently appointed ambassador is treading cautiously>

Origin of NOVITIATE

French noviciat, from Medieval Latin noviciatus, from novicius
First Known Use: 1600

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