What does the word novitiate mean?

Usage examples for novitiate

  1. Six months before his advent amongst us our sweet- faced sister had taken, the black veil; had she been in her novitiate I might by personal application to his Holiness have granted his prayer. – A Heart-Song of To-day by Annie Gregg Savigny
  2. By the way, the boy's a novitiate in Category Religion. – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds