Definition: Novitiate (pronounced: noh-VISH-ee-it); Latin; noun
1. The state or period of being a beginner in anything.
Why I love this word:
Coming from the word meaning novice, however, this word is mainly referred to a religious meaning. A novice in Catholic law and tradition, is a prospective member of a religious institute who is being tried and being proven for suitability of admission to a religious order of brothers, sisters or monks. They are not admitted to vows until they have successfully completed the prescribed period of training and proving, called the novitiate.
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