con·​vent | \ˈkän-vənt, -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 \
convented; conventing; convents

Definition of convent (Entry 2 of 2)


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In some ways, the modern-day evangelical trend of dating Jesus can be compared to the historic Catholic trend in which women joined convents to avoid gender expectations. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018 British designer John Pawson is at the helm of the project, and plans to transform the convent's intricately designed former-chapel into the hotel bar. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Inside A Historical Hospital & Convent Being Transformed Beyond Belief," 27 Aug. 2015 Commissioned for the convent of Corpus Christi in Mexico City, the work’s inspiration was as much political as devotional. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 American mobs burned Catholic convents and churches. Smithsonian, "The History of Black Catholics in America," 8 June 2018 Perry is hoping to buy a sprawling eight-acre plot of land in California that was previously a convent. Fox News, "'American Idol's' Katy Perry shows off wardrobe malfunction during show," 17 Apr. 2018 At the age of 15, Norma entered the convent and took final vows as SR. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 Photo: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum/Bridgeman Images Renaissance Woman By Ramie Targoff Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 342 pages, $30 For one who had contemplated joining a convent, Colonna led a remarkably itinerant life. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Woman’ Review: A Lady of Letters," 27 Apr. 2018 Princess Alice had asked to be buried near her aunt and role model, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, a Russian Orthodox saint who also established a convent and helped the poor before she was murdered following the Russian Revolution. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Prince William's Jerusalem visit highlights unique ancestor," 28 June 2018

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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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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, -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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