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 The Other Hell, Mattei’s second crack at nunsploitation, is the story of an extremely cursed convent. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 The historical event was the investigation, conducted by the Roman Catholic Church, of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of a convent in Tuscany. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2021 Remnants of the historic convent that was are everywhere, from the nave-like corridors and vaulted ceilings to the Medieval art. Baz Dreisinger, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 But the convent remains chaotic, and more disasters follow. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 Or the moment when the entire convent rips their habits open in a hysterical mass-flash. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Challenging the convent would threaten his livelihood. Valerie Miner,, 24 Nov. 2021 To discover Izamal's colonial beauty, there's no better place than the former convent of San Antonio de Padua with its walls covered in gold and carefully detailed sculptures. Christin Parcerisa Vigueras, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Some of the nuns form close relationships within the convent, free from the anxieties of pregnancy. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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“Convent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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