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


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

Definition of convent (Entry 2 of 2)


Examples of convent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nelli, born into a Florentine merchant family in 1524, joined the Dominican Santa Caterina convent at age 14. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Renaissance Nun’s ‘Last Supper’ Painting Makes Public Debut After 450 Years in Hiding," 21 Oct. 2019 The novel in part consists of Lucy’s letters to her sister (or possibly half sister) Andrea, who has long since left the convent. Ben Lerner, The New Yorker, "Rosmarie Waldrop’s Novel of the In-Between," 30 Sep. 2019 Frankenstein studied at Calvin College, an old Franciscan convent turned secondary school. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Why a volcanic eruption caused a 'year without a summer' in 1816," 17 Sep. 2019 The convent houses the nearly 800-year-old tomb of Saint Francis, the most poetic of holy men, who thought money was worth less than asses’ dung and inspired a mendicant order. The Economist, "Popenomics," 7 Sep. 2019 McCain is hoping to add St. Mary's School, the former rectory and the parish center, which was also the convent. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Developer needs public financing and historic designation to convert a Port Washington school into apartments," 1 July 2019 In 1835 that stone was destroyed when the convent’s flooring was renovated. National Geographic, "This Renaissance warrior woman defied powerful popes to defend her lands," 15 Mar. 2019 The area is part of the Posbury Clump estate, which is owned by the former convent of Posbury St. Francis. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano?," 2 Aug. 2019 Tucked away on a cobblestone street in Old San Juan, El Convento is a former Carmelite convent that dates back to 1646, now with luxury suites, a daily wine and cheese reception, and an outdoor plunge pool. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "Your Next Getaway: Tulum Is Out, This Island Is in," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of convent


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1514, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convent


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


Latin conventus, past participle of convenire

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The first known use of convent was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of convent

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


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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