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[kon-vent, -vuh nt] /ˈkɒn vɛnt, -vənt/

a community of persons devoted to religious life under a superior.
a society or association of monks, friars, or nuns: now usually used of a society of nuns.
the building or buildings occupied by such a society; a monastery or nunnery.
Obsolete. assembly; meeting.
a building inhabited by a religious community, usually of nuns
the religious community inhabiting such a building
Also called convent school. a school in which the teachers are nuns

c.1200, covent, cuvent, from Anglo-French covent, from Old French convent, from Latin conventus “assembly,” used in Medieval Latin for “religious house,” originally past participle of convenire “come together” (see convene). Not exclusively feminine until 18c. The form with restored Latin -n- emerged early 15c. The Middle English form remains in London’s Covent Garden district (notorious late 18c. for brothels), so called because it had been the garden of a defunct monastery.

COVENT GARDEN AGUE. The venereal diſeaſe.
[“Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” 1796]

A community of people in a religious order, especially nuns.


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