Definition of novitiate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

novitiate

 noun
(also noviciate)noun
BrE BrE//nəʊˈvɪʃiət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//noʊˈvɪʃiət//
 
(formal)
 
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a period of being a novice (2) Word Origin early 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin noviciatus, from Latin novicius ‘new’, from novus ‘new’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: novitiate