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

Examples of convent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century A.D., the Colosseum fell into disrepair, alternatively serving as a quarry, a fortress and a convent. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Italy Will Rebuild the Colosseum’s Floor, Restoring Arena to Its Gladiator-Era Glory," 29 Dec. 2020 In July, 13 nuns died at a convent near Detroit and seven died at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York. CBS News, "8 nuns die of COVID-19 in one week at Wisconsin convent: "We didn't expect them to go so, so quickly"," 18 Dec. 2020 The deaths came several months after 13 sisters died of Covid-19 at a Michigan convent, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Livonia, about 20 miles west of Detroit. NBC News, "8 nuns at Wisconsin convent die of Covid in past week, 4 on same day," 18 Dec. 2020 According to a report in July, 1 3 nuns died at a convent near Detroit and seven died at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York. Amy Forliti And Morry Gash, chicagotribune.com, "8 nuns living at Milwaukee-area convent die of COVID-19 in last week," 17 Dec. 2020 The play follows two nuns in the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing, a small convent under the threat of closure, who desperately try to keep the doors open by secretly making and selling wine. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 23-25," 21 Oct. 2020 Eight nuns died from Covid-19 complications in the past week at a Wisconsin convent — four of whom died on the same day. NBC News, "8 nuns at Wisconsin convent die of Covid in past week, 4 on same day," 18 Dec. 2020 At least six nuns also died at Our Lady of the Angels convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin - a home that provides memory care for nuns of the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame. CBS News, "8 nuns die of COVID-19 in one week at Wisconsin convent: "We didn't expect them to go so, so quickly"," 18 Dec. 2020 The original film premiered in 1992 with Goldberg as a lounge singer who has to go into witness protection at a convent in San Francisco. Glamour, "Sister Act 3: Everything We Know So Far," 11 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convent. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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convent

noun
How to pronounce convent (audio)

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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