(Lat. con and venire, “to come together”). To convent is to assemble persons for some common purpose; thus the noun can designate any general or specific gathering or company. Already in thirteenth-century English, “convent” designated particularly men or women living under a disciplined religious order with a single superior. From the institutional phenomenon the term was applied by the sixteenth century to the set of buildings thus occupied, and since the late eighteenth century, without historical warrant, popularly restricted to that of women only.
See also Cloister.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
kon-vent’: Found in the