Meaning of novitiate

no•vi•ti•ate

Pronunciation: (nō-vish'ē-it, -āt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation.
  2. the quarters occupied by religious novices during probation.
  3. the state or period of being a beginner in anything.
  4. a novice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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