convent

[ kon-vent, -vuhnt ]
/ ˈkɒn vɛnt, -vənt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. conveniences,
  2. conveniency,
  3. convenient,
  4. conveniently,
  5. convenor,
  6. conventicle,
  7. convention,
  8. convention center,
  9. conventional,
  10. conventional sign

Origin of convent

1175–1225; < Medieval Latin conventus; Latin: assembly, coming together, equivalent to conven(īre) (see convene) + -tus suffix of v. action; replacing Middle English covent < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for convent

convent

/ (ˈkɒnvənt) /

noun

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 for convent

C13: from Old French covent, from Latin conventus meeting, from convenīre to come together; see convene

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Word Origin and History for convent

convent

n.

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for convent

convent

A community of people in a religious order, especially nuns.

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