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)


Examples of convent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s the only convent of its kind in Illinois and the 61st Carmelite monastery in the United States. Kori Rumore,, 11 June 2021 Hwee Bin thought of the nun at her convent school who’d given out waxy packets of chocolate milk every day. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Despite the heroic sacrifices asked of them, the MCs are known for their joy and cheerfulness, and a surprisingly small number of them have quit the convent. Jim Towey, National Review, 26 May 2021 Sister Mary Danatha Suchyta, the brilliant student who entered the convent as a seventh-grader and rose to become a university president. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, 8 Apr. 2021 Hollister’s Silver Lake home rivals the Los Feliz convent with acres of gardens, lawns and landscaping surrounding the main house. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 In Agnes, a dissident priest and a bright-eyed neophyte are sent to investigate rumours of demonic possession at a convent. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Around the Felician world, gripping news trickled out from their convent in Livonia, Michigan, last March, of sisters becoming sick and being hospitalized. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 The western half became Wadsworth Falls State Park, and the eastern portion, roughly 104 acres and the mansion, was sold in 1947 to a religious order for use as a convent and retreat center. Jesse Leavenworth,, 10 May 2021

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

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14 Jun 2021

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“Convent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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