- a community of persons devoted to religious life under a superior.
- a society or association of monks, friars, or nuns: now usually used of a society of nuns.
- the building or buildings occupied by such a society; a monastery or nunnery.
- Obsolete. assembly; meeting.
Origin of convent
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Examples from the Web for convent
The convent, obviously, but also the court—and even her unrequited longing for the elusive lady of her sonnets.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
His memoirs led Campagnol to a convent at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli on Murano, where Mr. Casanova had a lover.
As the story goes, many Venetian nuns were noble women forced into the convent to save their families from bankruptcy.
Pulcini had locked the front door of the convent, but now he found it open.
The women are expected to be buried in a cemetery in the convent in Bujumbura.
"Grandma Loekermann did it at the convent, ages ago," she told him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
No, brother; I will put her in a convent, since she has rebelled against me.
Either you will marry this gentleman or you will go into a convent.
The last scene of the second act is in the gardens of the Convent of Virgins of the Sun.Apu Ollantay
The manufactories, one and all, are inaccessible as the interior of a Carmelite convent.In the Heart of Vosges
- a building inhabited by a religious community, usually of nuns
- the religious community inhabiting such a building
- Also called: convent school a school in which the teachers are nuns
Word Origin and History for convent
c.1200, covent, cuvent, from Anglo-French covent, from Old French convent, from Latin conventus "assembly," used in Medieval Latin for "religious house," originally past participle of convenire "come together" (see convene). Not exclusively feminine until 18c. The form with restored Latin -n- emerged early 15c. The Middle English form remains in London's Covent Garden district (notorious late 18c. for brothels), so called because it had been the garden of a defunct monastery.
COVENT GARDEN ABBESS. A bawd.
COVENT GARDEN AGUE. The venereal diſeaſe.
["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]