• Convent


    • IPA: /kɒn.vɛnt/


    From Anglo-Norman covent, from Latin conventus, perfect participle of the verb convenio, see con-, venio.

    Full definition of convent



    (plural convents)
    1. A religious community whose members (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows.
    2. The buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives.
      • AddisonOne seldom finds in Italy a spot of ground more agreeable than ordinary that is not covered with a convent.
    3. A gathering of people lasting several days for the purpose of discussing or working on topics previously selected.
    4. A coming together; a meeting.
      • Ben Jonsona usual ceremony at their witches' convents or meetings


    1. (obsolete) To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.
    2. (obsolete) To meet together; to concur.
    3. (obsolete) To be convenient; to serve.
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