Nóvitiate. n.s. [noviciat, French.]
- The state of a novice; the time in which the rudiments are learned.
This is so great a masterpiece in sin, that he must have passed his tyrocinium or novitiate in sinning, before he come to this, be he never so quick a proficient. South's Sermons.
- The time spent in a religious house, by way of trial, before the vow is taken.