Part of speech: noun

The state of being a novice; a period of probation.

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Usage examples "novitiate":

  1. He was sent for to fire a valuable horse, and gives the following account of it: It was my first essay in firing on my own account, and fired as I was with my wishes to signalize myself, I labored to enter my novitiate with all due honor. - "The American Reformed Cattle Doctor", George Dadd.
  2. 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", Annie Gregg Savigny.
  3. By the way, the boy's a novitiate in Category Religion. - "Frigid Fracas", Dallas McCord Reynolds.