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

2. Hence: The time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows. [1913 Webster]

3. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. The place where novices live or are trained. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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