novitiate

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noun no·vi·tiate \nō-ˈvi-shət, nə-\

Definition of novitiate

  1. 1 :  the period or state of being a novice

  2. 2 :  a house where novices are trained

  3. 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>

Origin and Etymology of novitiate

French noviciat, from Medieval Latin noviciatus, from novicius


First Known Use: 1600


NOVITIATE Defined for English Language Learners

novitiate

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noun no·vi·tiate \nō-ˈvi-shət, nə-\

Definition of novitiate for English Language Learners

  • : the time when a person is a religious novice


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