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Noun: novitiate  now'vi-sh(ee-)ut
  1. (religion) the period during which you are a novice (especially in a religious order)
    - noviciate
     
  2. Someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows
    - novice

Derived forms: novitiates

Type of: period, period of time, religious person, time period

Encyclopedia: Novitiate