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Definition of "convent" []

  • A community, especially of nuns, bound by vows to a religious life under a superior. (noun)
  • The building or buildings occupied by such a community. (noun)
  • A building inhabited by a religious community, usually of nuns (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The religious community inhabiting such a building (noun)
  • A school in which the teachers are nuns (noun)

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Use "convent" in a sentence
  • "This convent is also very large, but not so immense as that of San Francisco."
  • "Bearing in mind, then, that the term convent has to do with a corporation of men or women united into an organized society, and that the term monastery can strictly be applied only to the buildings -- the _domus_, in which that society has its home -- it will be well at starting that we should endeavour to gain some notion of the general plan of these buildings first, and when we have done that that we should proceed to deal next with the constitution of the society itself and the daily routine of conventual life."
  • "The Santo Domingo convent is spectacular, it is being repainted an it is something to see."