noun: convent; plural noun: convents
- a Christian community under monastic vows, especially one of nuns.
synonyms: nunnery, monastery, priory, abbey, cloister, religious community"even the hardest work at the convent gave her a sense of peace and fulfillment"
- a school, especially one for girls, attached to and run by convent.noun: convent school; plural noun: convent schools
- the building or buildings occupied by a convent.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin conventus ‘assembly, company,’ from the verb convenire (see convene). The original spelling was covent (surviving in the place name Covent Garden ); the modern form dates from the 16th century.
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