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con·vent

 (kŏn′vənt, -vĕnt′)
n.
1. A community, especially of nuns, bound by vows to a religious life under a superior.
2. The building or buildings occupied by such a community.

[Middle English covent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin conventus, from Latin, assembly, from past participle of convenīre, to assemble; see convene.]

convent

(ˈkɒnvənt)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a building inhabited by a religious community, usually of nuns
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the religious community inhabiting such a building
3. (Education) Also called: convent school a school in which the teachers are nuns
[C13: from Old French covent, from Latin conventus meeting, from convenīre to come together; see convene]

con•vent

(ˈkɒn vɛnt, -vənt)

n.
1. a community of people, esp. nuns, devoted to religious life under a superior.
2. the building or complex occupied by such a society.
3. Obs. assembly; meeting.
[1175–1225; < Middle English covent < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin conventus; Latin: assembly, coming together =conven(īre) (see convene) + -tus suffix of v. action]

Convent

 an association of religious persons secluded from the world; an assembly or meeting; a body of monks, friars, or nuns; a company of twelve (or with a Superior, thirteen); an assemblage or gathering of people.
Examples: convent of apostles, 1526; of courtiers, 1484; of friars, 1554; of merchants, 1534; of monks; of nuns; of veins and arteries, 1578; of warriors, 1383; of witches, 1652.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.convent - a religious residence especially for nunsconvent - a religious residence especially for nuns
abbey - a convent ruled by an abbess
cubicle, cell - small room in which a monk or nun lives
nunnery - the convent of a community of nuns
cloister, religious residence - residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
2.convent - a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
community - a group of people living in a particular local area; "the team is drawn from all parts of the community"

convent

noun nunnery, religious community, religious house She entered a Carmelite convent at the age of 21.
Quotations
"The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby man gains a glimpse of infinity" [Victor Hugo Les Misérables]
"I like convents, but I wish they would not admit anyone under the age of fifty" [Napoleon Bonaparte]
Translations
دَيْرُ الرَّاهِباتدَير لِلرّاهِبات
klášterkláštěr
kloster
nunnaluostari
samostan
klaustur
女子修道院
수녀원
mokykla prie vienuolyno
klosterissieviešu klosteris
samostan
kloster
สำนักแม่ชี
manastırrahibe manastırı
nhà tu kín

convent

[ˈkɒnvənt]
A. Nconvento m
B. CPD convent school Ncolegio m de monjas

convent

[ˈkɒnvənt] ncouvent m convent girlconvent girl ncouventine f

convent

n(Frauen)kloster nt; to enter a conventins Kloster gehen

convent

[ˈkɒnvnt] nconvento (di suore)

convent

(ˈkonvənt) , ((American) -vent) noun
a building in which nuns live.
convent school
one run by nuns.

convent

دَيْرُ الرَّاهِبات klášter kloster Kloster μοναστήρι convento nunnaluostari couvent samostan convento 女子修道院 수녀원 klooster nonnekloster klasztor convento монастырь kloster สำนักแม่ชี manastır nhà tu kín 女修道院
References in classic literature ?
He strengthened himself with the Church by the deceitful appearance of a well-feigned piety: he accompanied his wife to mass; he gave money for the convents of the town; he assisted the congregation of the Sacre-Coeur; he took sides with the clergy on all occasions when the clergy came into collision with the town, the department, or the State.
Well, suppose I go back to the cardinal and ask him for a passport into all the convents one can find, even into the nunneries?
The colleges, which are, in fact, the intermediate ring between the cloister and the world, hold the middle position in the monumental series between the Hôtels and the abbeys, with a severity full of elegance, sculpture less giddy than the palaces, an architecture less severe than the convents.
In those days the convents were the only schools for fine ladies, and the prioress perhaps spent her days teaching them.
Mr Squeers was observed to draw the grey-headed gentleman on one side, and to ask a question with great apparent interest; it bore reference to the Five Sisters of York, and was, in fact, an inquiry whether he could inform him how much per annum the Yorkshire convents got in those days with their boarders.
The whole surface is covered by various kinds of stately trees, interspersed with patches of cultivated ground, out of which houses, convents, and chapels arise.
It was far down the afternoon; and when all the spearings of the crimson fight were done: and floating in the lovely sunset sea and sky, sun and whale both stilly died together; then, such a sweetness and such plaintiveness, such inwreathing orisons curled up in that rosy air, that it almost seemed as if far over from the deep green convent valleys of the Manilla isles, the Spanish land-breeze, wantonly turned sailor, had gone to sea, freighted with these vesper hymns.
I went to a convent, and there I learned music, French and embroidery, and what not; and when I was fourteen, I came out to my father's funeral.
A beautiful air ran through the music, without ceasing, sometimes loud and strong, sometimes so soft that it could hardly be distinguished--but it was always there; it swung grandly along through the shrill whistling of the storm-wind, the rattling patter of the rain, and the boom and crash of the thunder; it wound soft and low through the lesser sounds, the distant ones, such as the throbbing of the convent bell, the melodious winding of the hunter's horn, the distressed bayings of his dogs, and the solemn chanting of the monks; it rose again, with a jubilant ring, and mingled itself with the country songs and dances of the peasants assembled in the convent hall to cheer up the rescued huntsman while he ate his supper.
I then returned: "You are not without sense, cousin Eliza; but what you have, I suppose, in another year will be walled up alive in a French convent.
In his seat he had nothing of the awkwardness of the convent, but displayed the easy and habitual grace of a well-trained horseman.
I am a nun from the Spinning Convent,[10] and my mother when she died left me this apple.