[syn: novitiate, novice]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Novitiate \No*vi"ti*ate\, n. [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]
1. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or
instruction in rudiments.
2. Hence: The time of probation in a religious house before
taking the vows.
3. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of
probation; a novice. --Addison.
4. The place where novices live or are trained. [R.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the period during which you are a novice (especially in a
religious order) [syn: novitiate, noviciate]
2: someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken
final vows [syn: novitiate, novice]