• The Ursulaines' Convent
    The Ursulaines' Convent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n convent a religious residence especially for nuns
    • n convent a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate
Convent of Nonnenwerth Convent of Nonnenwerth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chicago has hosted the most presidential conventions with 25. Fourteen have been Republican and 11 Democratic.
    • Convent A coming together; a meeting. "A usual ceremony at their [the witches convents or meetings."
    • Convent A house occupied by a community of religious recluses; a monastery or nunnery. "One seldom finds in Italy a spot of ground more agreeable than ordinary that is not covered with a convent ."
    • Convent An association or community of recluses devoted to a religious life; a body of monks or nuns. "One of our convent , and his [the duke's] confessor."
    • Convent To be convenient; to serve. "When that is known and golden time convents ."
    • v. t Convent To call before a judge or judicature; to summon; to convene.
    • Convent To meet together; to concur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first "Hello" badge used to identify guests and hosts at conventions, parties, etc. was traced back to September 1880. It was on that date that the first Telephone Operators Convention was held at Niagara Falls and the "Hello" badge was created for that event.
    • convent To meet; concur.
    • convent To serve; agree; be convenient or suitable.
    • convent To call together; convoke; convene.
    • convent To call before a judge or tribunal.
    • n convent A meeting or an assembly.
    • n convent An association or a community of persons devoted to religious life and meditation; a society of monks or nuns. The term is popularly limited to such associations of women.
    • n convent A house occupied by such a community; an abbey; a monastery or nunnery. The parts of a convent are: the church; the choir, or that portion of the church in which the members say the daily office; the chapter-house, a place of meeting, in which the community business is discussed; the cells; the refectory; the dormitory; the infirmary; the parlor, for the reception of visitors; the library; (10) the treasury; (11) the cloister; (12) the crypt. Cath. Dict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, a convention of beggars in Dacca, India, passed a resolution demanding that the minimum amount of alms be fixed at 15 paisa (three cents).
    • n Convent kon′vent an association of persons secluded from the world and devoted to a religious life: the house in which they live, a monastery or nunnery
    • n Convent a monk or nun; a member of one of the two divisions of the Franciscans, following a mitigated rule—the other being the Observants
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  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Lucy Maud Montgomery
    “As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.”
  • Robert Motherwell
    Robert Motherwell
    “The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “How dwarfed against his manliness she sees the poor pretension, the wants, the aims, the follies, born of fashion and convention!”
  • Tom Stoppard
    “The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conventus, a meeting, LL. also, a convent. See Convene (v. i.)


In literature:

The convents of Rome were pillaged.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Five other state constitutions made provision for the adoption of amendments by conventions.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
It is certain that she is fresh from some convent boarding-school.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The convent of the sisterhood of the Congregation in Paris was selected for Jane.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Finally, there is the area of secondary contacts, in which relationships are relatively impersonal, formal, and conventional.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
All these orders had convents in the principal towns of the Peninsula, and its colonies.
"Roman Catholicism in Spain" by Anonymous
Patrick Henry would have this convention, by adopting his resolutions, virtually declare war itself.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
General legislation is enacted by the annual national convention, the supreme authority; States are governed by department conventions.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
If this is to be the last convention, shall a Board of Officers be elected at this convention to serve until all tasks are completed?
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
The national suffrage convention preceded the State convention and gave an impetus to the movement.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various

In poetry:

The Convent garden lies so near
The road the people go,
If it was quiet you might hear
The nuns' talk, merry and low.
"The Convent Garden" by Katharine Tynan
And on the lake's low margin
The trees wore stoles of green,
While here and there, amid them,
A convent cross was seen.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And the convent bell did vespers tell,
Newbattle's oaks among,
And mingled with the solemn knell
Our Ladye's evening song:
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
He chid his heart, he fed the poor
All at the convent-gate;
Then with slow-dragging feet went back
To his cell so desolate:
"After An Old Legend" by George MacDonald
Now from her narrow Convent house
She sees where great ships be,
And plucks the robe of God, her Spouse,
To give the victory.
"The Convent Garden" by Katharine Tynan
Convention's fronds here screen from view
Immodest Nature's haunt,
And wizard Distance veils in blue
The haggard peaks of Want.
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

Back in 1992 at the first Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, our governments launched the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) along with new conventions on climate change and desertification.
The Republican National Convention just finished, and the Democratic National Convention just began.
If you need evidence of the prominence and influence of Latinos in the United States, look no further than this year's Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention.
Ron Paul, R-Texas, arrives on the convention floor for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
A similar " leave-behind " project at a Charlotte, N.C. Hospital will take place next week at the Democratic National Convention, continuing a national credit union tradition of community service projects in nominating convention cities.
The platform is scheduled to be adopted at the party's convention in Alexandria, Va. 2000 Democratic Convention.
Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte Site For Next CYN Convention.
Going by the conventional rules of American politics, the Democratic Convention last week was an unmitigated disaster.
The third Hollywood star to grace the convention stage Thursday night in support of President Obama used the personal-biography tactic that so many speakers at both conventions have employed this year.
Shannon Overby (CMP,TDM), Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, has been re-elected as Chair of the Board of the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus.
In fact, it's really pathetic to think back on how many times conventional wisdom, even conservative conventional wisdom, got things wrong.
The store opened a few days before the Republican National Convention last year, and said he only sold one pair of glasses during the convention.
The Police Jury Association of Louisiana begins its annual convention today at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on Monday, August 29, 2011.
Starting with Jerry Brown in 1976, I've been to nine Democratic conventions and seven Republican conventions.

In science:

In the presence of such ε, we will make the convention that every segment Pai Pbi is to be run from the point which is mapped by ε into ∗ towards the point which is mapped by ε into 1.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
The conventional diagram technique where ¯h τ is assumed to be small compared with the kinetic energy, becomes questionable.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Our conventions are such that if we have N eigenvalues, the global spectral density is normalized to N so that the mean level spacing is of order 1/N .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
By convention, we define the unfolded variables by xp = λpV Σ, i.e. the factor of π is omitted.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
We have redefined M in units of πρ(0), with ρ(0) the the average spectral density near zero (notice that with our convention for the weight function ρ(0) has a nontrivial k -dependence).
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles