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


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

Definition of convent (Entry 2 of 2)


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According to legend, Wilgefortis wanted to become a nun, but her father kidnapped her from a convent and tried to force her to marry. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 The bodies of 23 sisters who were buried in the convent’s cemetery were exhumed and reinterred elsewhere. John Kelly, Washington Post, "For decades, nuns lived a cloistered life in Bethesda where NIH is now," 13 July 2019 At the market outside the Santo Domingo Dominican convent, indigenous women still sold necklaces and earrings of silver and amber, and mountains of colorful textiles. Washington Post, "Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising," 27 Aug. 2019 Coco, raised at a cold convent, and Schiap, whose family was well-to-do, dominated Paris high fashion before World War II. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Stopping at midsummer to read a good book: Here are 6 to consider," 14 July 2019 The victorious queen gave her niece a choice: be pledged to marry Isabella’s one-year-old son John, or enter a convent in Portugal. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 For the final stop on a four-year World Cup odyssey, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is perched at a former 19th-century convent in the hills high above this enchanting city. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "“Locked on and still hungry,” USA soccer enters World Cup final aware of its legacy," 6 July 2019 Belmond's Palacio Nazarenas is located close by, a former convent, and another excellent, historic choice in Cusco. Alice Newell-hanson, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Hotels That Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More," 29 Mar. 2018 The San Francisco College for Women was established by the Religious of the Sacred Heart convent, which bought 33 acres atop Lone Mountain, where a giant cross had stood since 1862. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Atop Lone Mountain, the history of SF’s first women’s college lives on," 19 June 2019

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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 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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