Pronunciation: (nō-vish'ē-it, -āt"), [key]
1. the state or period of being a novice of a religious order or congregation.
2. the quarters occupied by religious novices during probation.
3. the state or period of being a beginner in anything.
4. a novice. Also,no•vi'ci•ate.
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