She trembled like a postulant when she wrote the Greek alphabet for the first time.
There are degrees in the struggle for saintliness; the journalist was but a postulant.
"But Juanita is not a postulant," said Sarrion, with a laugh.
Mark concerned himself less with his own reception as a postulant.
One is a postulant for two years at least, often for four; a novice for four.