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Definition of novitiate:

  1. Hence: Time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows.
  2. One who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice.
  3. The place where novices live or are trained.
  4. The state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments.

Synonyms:

novice, fledgling, babe, origin, tutelage, punk, freshman, amateur, anoint, tyro, cub, tenderfoot, confession, circumcise, rook, beginner, bless, noviciate, virgin, colt, contemplation, initiate, newbie, consecrate, neophyte, celebrant, newcomer, apprentice, recruit, rookie, abecedarian, abecedarian, start, intern, circumcision, tiro, blessing, religion, greenhorn, ceremony.

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