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.

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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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Culture definitions for convent

convent

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

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