convent

noun
con·​vent | \ ˈkän-vənt How to pronounce convent (audio) , -ˌvent\

Definition of convent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a local community or house of a religious order or congregation especially : an establishment of nuns

convent

verb
con·​vent | \ kən-ˈvent How to pronounce convent (audio) \
convented; conventing; convents

Definition of convent (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete

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Casa Egerström by Luis Barragán is an amazing space that concentrates Barragan’s legacy as well as traditional Mexican architecture from colonial convents to haciendas. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "Where 4 Female Architects and Designers Will Be Hanging Out During Design Week Mexico," 1 Oct. 2018 Hotel Peter and Paul is actually a bundle of buildings: a 19th-century Catholic church, schoolhouse, convent, and rectory reimagined by Ash NYC with gingham drapes woven in Switzerland and antique furniture shipped from Europe. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 The rapes, the nun says, happened in a small convent in rural Kerala, where the sisters at the St. Francis Mission Home spend their days in prayer or caring for the aged. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Every few months, the nun says, Mulakkal would visit the convent. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 But The Farm has now bought the convent that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy used to inhabit, and seem to be stepping up their creepy game just in time to become a major threat for the second half of the season. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Just Revealed Who The Real Gargoyle King Is," 24 Jan. 2019 In The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who is sent away to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Remixes "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things" For New Song "7 Rings"," 18 Jan. 2019 Across the bay, on the highest point in Cartagena, was La Popa, the imposing white 17th-century convent. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Now the building, which formerly housed a convent for Franciscan nuns, is at the center of a heated debate over its namesake, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "SCAD Building Named After Clarence Thomas Sparks Opposing Petitions," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of convent

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1514, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convent

Noun

Middle English covent, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin conventus, from Latin, assembly, from convenire

Verb

Latin conventus, past participle of convenire

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convent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convent

: a group of nuns who live together also : the house or buildings they live in

convent

noun
con·​vent | \ ˈkän-vənt How to pronounce convent (audio) , -ˌvent\

Kids Definition of convent

1 : a group of nuns living together
2 : a house or a set of buildings occupied by a community of nuns

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