novitiate

noun no·vi·tiate \ nō-ˈvi-shət , nə- \
Updated on: 17 Mar 2018

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

  1. a novitiate in the rarefied world of international diplomacy, the recently appointed ambassador is treading cautiously

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Origin and Etymology of 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 2-ate

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Definition of novitiate for English Language Learners

  • : the time when a person is a religious novice


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