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[kon-vuh-key-shuh n] /ˌkɒn vəˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of convoking.
the state of being convoked.
a group of people gathered in answer to a summons; assembly.
Anglican Church. either of the two provincial synods or assemblies of the clergy.
Protestant Episcopal Church.
  1. an assembly of the clergy of part of a diocese.
  2. the area represented at such an assembly.
a formal assembly at a college or university, especially for a graduation ceremony.
Origin of convocation
1350-1400; Middle English convocacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin convocātiōn- (stem of convocātiō). See convoke, -ation
Related forms
convocational, adjective
convocationally, adverb
Synonym Study
3. See convention. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for convocation
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  • We shall forbid the convocation of your Legislature during the war.

  • convocation was about to meet, and must undergo a preliminary purification.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • The convocation broke up in sobs, psalmody, and kisses on the cheek.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • The convocation also, which met at York, September 22nd, granted a tenth.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2 J. Endell Tyler
  • At this time tomorrow, we will speak to the convocation of Lords-Master.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • They entertained the committee from the convocation for dinner, that evening.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • Degbrend brought back the full view of the convocation Chamber.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • What came on was a view, from another angle, of the convocation Chamber.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • This was not all that passed during that session of Parliament and convocation.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for convocation


a large formal assembly, esp one specifically convened
the act of convoking or state of being convoked
(Church of England) either of the synods of the provinces of Canterbury or York
(Episcopal Church)
  1. an assembly of the clergy and part of the laity of a diocese
  2. a district represented at such an assembly
(sometimes capital) (in some British universities) a legislative assembly composed mainly of graduates
(in India) a degree-awarding ceremony
(in Australia and New Zealand) the graduate membership of a university
Derived Forms
convocational, adjective
convocator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for convocation

late 14c., "assembly of persons," from Old French convocation and directly from Latin convocationem (nominative convocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of convocare "to call together," from com- "together" (see com-) + vocare "to call," from vox "voice" (see voice (n.)). Related: Convocational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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