novitiate


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Novitiate \No*vi"ti*ate\, n. [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]
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   1. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or
      instruction in rudiments.
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   2. Hence: The time of probation in a religious house before
      taking the vows.
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   3. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of
      probation; a novice. --Addison.
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   4. The place where novices live or are trained. [R.]
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