AskDefine | Define convent

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1 a religious residence especially for nuns
2 a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together

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Latin conventus, from convenire, "to come together", "to assemble", from con- + venire, "to come"


  1. A religious community whose members, (especially nuns) live under strict observation of religious rules and self-imposed vows
  2. the buildings and pertaining surroundings in which such a community lives
  3. 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


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A convent is 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. In modern usage, "convent" almost invariably refers to a community of women, as opposed to the "monastery", for men; but in historical usage they are often interchangeable.


Convento is a Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese word meaning Convent. It may refer to:

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convent in Catalan: Convent
convent in Spanish: Convento
convent in French: Couvent
convent in Italian: Convento
convent in Dutch: Convent
convent in Polish: Zakon
convent in Finnish: Konventti
convent in Swedish: konvent (kloster)
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