Definition of conventual in US English:



  • 1Relating or belonging to a convent.

    ‘the conventual life’
    • ‘Rome's supremacy in metalwork had already been affirmed when the conventual church's lavish new high altar was installed in 1686.’
    • ‘Conversely, the estate infrastructure which supported conventual establishments attracted scant attention, and even 30 years ago when James Bond began to gather material little had been done.’
    • ‘As her conventual discipline requires, she yields to the pain, accepting it as what God is asking of her.’
    • ‘The conventual buildings are strung out along a narrow ridge above the water, supported but also overshadowed by solid rock.’
    • ‘This spread eastwards to affect the whole island and has left a haunting legacy of late medieval conventual ruins.’
    cloistered, cloistral, claustral, canonical, monastical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the less strict order of the Franciscans, living in large convents.
      • ‘These different viewpoints become more pronounced over time and alongside the Conventual tradition there emerged a number of reform communities.’
      • ‘The Conventual Franciscan Friars are followers of Francis of Assisi.’


  • A person who lives in or is a member of a convent.

    • ‘The Observant tactics were to use the secular powers to deal with their enemies amongst the conventuals.’
    • ‘Proximity to the parish brought conventuals closer to the everyday concerns of churchgoers.’
    • ‘The conventuals print lots of books, mainly in Church Slavonian, because Orthodoxy in America still grows.’
    nun, novice, abbess, prioress, mother superior, reverend mother
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin conventualis, from Latin conventus ‘assembly, company’ (see convent).