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Meaning of NOVITIATE

Pronunciation:  now'visheeit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows
  2. [n]  the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)

NOVITIATE is a 9 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: novice, noviciate
 See Also: period, period of time, religionist, religious person, time period



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\No*vi"ti*ate\, n. [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]
1. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or
   instruction in rudiments.

2. Hence: Time of probation in a religious house before
   taking the vows.

3. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of
   probation; a novice. --Addison.

4. The place where novices live or are trained. [R.]