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

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But The Farm has now bought the convent that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy used to inhabit, and seem to be stepping up their creepy game just in time to become a major threat for the second half of the season. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Just Revealed Who The Real Gargoyle King Is," 24 Jan. 2019 In The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who is sent away to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Remixes "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things" For New Song "7 Rings"," 18 Jan. 2019 Across the bay, on the highest point in Cartagena, was La Popa, the imposing white 17th-century convent. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Now the building, which formerly housed a convent for Franciscan nuns, is at the center of a heated debate over its namesake, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "SCAD Building Named After Clarence Thomas Sparks Opposing Petitions," 22 Oct. 2018 The narrative, gently ebbing, then follows the lives of his widow, his then-unborn child and the nuns who daily leave their convent to tend to the sick and poor. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tom Hanks and more," 11 Sep. 2018 Hastings said prior to 1926, the convent was located in Franklin. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Our Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary convent in Milwaukee listed for sale," 12 Jan. 2018 The dates are recorded in the convent’s visitor logs. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "AP finds long history of nuns abused by priests in India," 1 Jan. 2019 Ryan described his stay at the convent in a letter to Ms. Carroll dated Feb. 7, 1919. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018

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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

noun

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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