- an assembly of witches, especially a group of thirteen.
Origin of coven
Examples from the Web for coven
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On American Horror Story: Coven, Jessica Lange plays a drunk witch.The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More
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He nodded, and followed the priest and the worshipers into the main part of the Coven.
At the far end of the block he could see the tiny red light of the Coven.
But he kept on crawling, and at last he reached the door of the Coven.
The Devil sat at the head of the table, and all the Coven about.The Witch-cult in Western Europe
Margaret Alice Murray
Helen Fraser, of the same “coven,” was a most dangerous witch.Witch Stories</p>
E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
- a meeting of witches
- a company of 13 witches
Word Origin and History for coven
"a gathering of witches," 1660s, earlier (c.1500) a variant of covent, cuvent early forms of convent. Association with witches arose in Scotland, but not popularized until Sir Walter Scott used it in this sense in "Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft" (1830).
Efter that tym ther vold meit bot somtymes a Coven, somtymes mor, somtymes les; bot a Grand Meitting vold be about the end of ilk Quarter. Ther is threttein persones in ilk Coeven; and ilk on of vs has an Sprit to wait wpon ws, quhan ve pleas to call wpon him. I remember not all the Spritis names; bot thair is on called "Swein," quhilk waitis wpon the said Margret Wilson in Aulderne; he is still clothed in grass-grein .... ["Criminal Trials in Scotland," III, appendix, p.606, confession of Issobell Gowdie in Lochloy in 1662]