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con·​vent ˈkän-vənt How to pronounce convent (audio)
: a local community or house of a religious order or congregation
especially : an establishment of nuns


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

Example Sentences

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Founded as the Ocean View Hotel in the late 1800s, the property now operates as a seaside convent offering private retreats. Jacqueline Dole, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 Together with Sister Cleo, an 88-year-old nun who belongs to the convent's Sisters of St. Francis, Meyer runs a small ice cream shop out of his store, the town's former bank building. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2023 Since becoming the first pope in six centuries to step down from the job, Benedict has been living in a Vatican convent. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 The property changed hands in 1871 and later became a convent. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 3 June 2022 One house was the school, while the other was a convent and dormitory. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 1 May 2023 Join a nunnery, there'll always be a place for you in the convent. Rachel Tashjian,, 1 May 2023 Even his final chapter — as a retiree — has extended so long that many in Rome have grown accustomed to having a Catholic Church with two men in white, Benedict living quietly in a Vatican convent. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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


Latin conventus, past participle of convenire

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1514, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Convent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


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