Definitions for conventˈkɒn vɛnt, -vənt
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a religious residence especially for nuns
a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
A religious community whose members (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows.
The buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives.
A gathering of people lasting several days which come from different regions of a country or even the world for the purpose of discussing or working on topics previously selected.
Origin: conventus, perfect participle of the verb convenio, see con-, venio.
a coming together; a meeting
an association or community of recluses devoted to a religious life; a body of monks or nuns
a house occupied by a community of religious recluses; a monastery or nunnery
to meet together; to concur
to be convenient; to serve
to call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene
Origin: [L. conventus, p. p. of convenire. See Convene, v. i.]
A convent is either a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, or nuns, or the building used by the community, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Anglican Communion. The terms "convent" or "nunnery" almost invariably refers to a community of women in modern English usage, ed for men; but in historical usage they are often interchangeable. Technically, a "monastery" or "nunnery" is a community of monastics, whereas a "convent" is a community of mendicants, and a "canonry" a community of canons regular. The terms "abbey" and "priory" can be applied to both monasteries and canonries and distinguish those headed by an Abbot from the lesser dependent houses headed by a Prior.
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