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[noh-vish-ee-it, -eyt] /noʊˈvɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/

the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation.
the quarters occupied by religious novices during probation.
the state or period of being a beginner in anything.
a novice.
/nəʊˈvɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
the state of being a novice, esp in a religious order, or the period for which this lasts
the part of a religious house where the novices live
a less common word for novice

also noviciate, “state of being a novice,” c.1600, from Middle French noviciat or directly from Medieval Latin novitiatus, from Late Latin novitius “novice,” from Latin adjective novicius (see novice).


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