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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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 Since 2015, Katy Perry has been fighting in court to buy a former convent in the hills of Los Feliz, CA. Shannon Carlin,, "Beyoncé Bought A Church & Now We Have A Place To Freely Worship Her," 21 May 2018 For Tyskiewicz, the program coordinator, seeing the former convent live on — even after the school next door, St. Augustine’s, closed two years ago — gives him reason to hope. Matthew Ormseth,, "Jubilee House: In A Former Convent, Women Find A Path To The Culinary World," 3 July 2018 But that changed when Nguyen’s sister joined Lovers of the Holy Cross, a Catholic order of Vietnamese nuns, and invited her to visit their convent in Santa Ana. Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil,, "Young women seek a nun's life with a joyful Vietnamese order," 15 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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