No*vi"ti*ate (?), n. [LL. novitiatus: cf. F. noviciat.]
The state of being a novice; time of initiation or instruction in rudiments.
Hence: Time of probation in a religious house before taking the vows.
One who is going through a novitiate, or period of probation; a novice.
The place where novices live or are trained.
© Webster 1913.