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

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a novitiate in the rarefied world of international diplomacy, the recently appointed ambassador is treading cautiously
Recent Examples on the Web The Christian Brothers first bought property up here in 1930, establishing a school, winery and novitiate., "Four wineries for amazing views, Cabernet on Mount Veeder," 13 Oct. 2020 Kohlhaas is punished, finally, not for his crimes but for his novitiate status. Dustin Illingworth, The New Yorker, "“Michael Kohlhaas,” the Book That Made the Novel Modern," 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, "‘Eclipsed’ shines a light on Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries and the women hidden away there," 24 Sep. 2019 Brown entered Sacred Heart at age 18 in 1956 and studied at the novitiate for three years before leaving to enroll at UC Berkeley. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 At 18, Sally considers going off to Chicago to become a novitiate, so as to subvert her mother’s more conventional plans for her. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 His scholarly, somber demeanor reflected a background as a former Benedictine novitiate and college professor. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Eugene McCarthy vs. LBJ: The New Hampshire primary showdown that changed everything 50 years ago," 12 Mar. 2018 The decisive moment comes during one of the most mesmerizing sections of the novel, when Sally takes an overnight train from New York’s old Penn Station to Chicago to enter the novitiate. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "Salvation and Self-Sacrifice," 15 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of novitiate was circa 1518

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“Novitiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of novitiate

: the time when a person is a religious novice

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