no·​vi·​tiate | \ nō-ˈvi-shət How to pronounce novitiate (audio) , nə- \

Definition of novitiate

1 : the period or state of being a novice
2 : a house where novices are trained
3 : novice

Examples of novitiate in a Sentence

a novitiate in the rarefied world of international diplomacy, the recently appointed ambassador is treading cautiously
Recent Examples on the Web Her name is Cristina (Ioana Bugarin), and, given that her first act is to sneak out of the convent with a change of clothes and to be ferried by taxi to the nearby town, one fears that her novitiate has gone awry. The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 There’s something almost old-world about Sarah Jo, who has the clothes of a 1950s teenager and the manners of an eager novitiate. Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2022 Julie Andrews stars as a novitiate turned governess in this beloved 1965 musical set in pre-WWII Austria. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 Dec. 2021 Julie Andrews stars as a novitiate turned governess in this beloved 1965 musical set in pre-WWII Austria. Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Vera Farmiga’s younger sister, as a novitiate in 1952 who is sent by the Vatican to investigate a Romanian covenant following the suicide of one of its nuns. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The Christian Brothers first bought property up here in 1930, establishing a school, winery and novitiate., 13 Oct. 2020 Kohlhaas is punished, finally, not for his crimes but for his novitiate status. Dustin Illingworth, The New Yorker, 20 May 2020 In opening-night remarks, director Gemma Whelan noted that Burke Brogan was once a novitiate, a nun in training, who was assigned to a convent with a Magdalene Laundry. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of novitiate

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for novitiate

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French noviciat "period of being a novice," borrowed from Medieval Latin novīciātus, from Late Latin novīcius novice + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2

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“Novitiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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