- a private or secret meeting.
- an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence: a conclave of political leaders.
- the assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
- the body of cardinals; the College of Cardinals.
- the place in which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meet in private for the election of a pope.
Origin of conclave
Examples from the Web for conclave
He quotes an unnamed cardinal saying that the conclave voters knew the charges were false.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Days later, Bergoglio was elected pope by a conclave of cardinals.The Pope and the Queen to Square up Over Falklands
April 2, 2014
Also expected was the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, who will put the United Kingdom back on the conclave map.Pope Appoints a Rainbow Coalition of New Cardinals From Africa, Asia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 12, 2014
And this spoon,” (set it atop the potatoes), “… is the Vatican conclave.Crushing Christmas: How to Win Every Argument
Kelly Williams Brown
December 24, 2013
But perhaps the most telling tale to come out of the conclave is from the post-election dinner on Wednesday night.Conspiracy Theories Behind Pope Francis’s Election
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 14, 2013
First the Conclave, the three scrutators, and himself as one of them.The Eternal City
While seated in conclave outside the camp, we suddenly were aware of a great hubbub.
But while the soldiers were still seated in conclave, Coeratadas, of Thebes, arrived.
Conclave of the tribes could put him on the throne tomorrow morning.
There'd be a deadlock when a conclave started checking their claims.
- a confidential or secret meeting
- RC Church
- the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
- a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose
Word Origin and History for conclave
late 14c., "a place where cardinals meet to elect a pope," from Italian conclave, from Latin conclave "a room, chamber suite," probably originally "a room which may be locked," from com- "together" (see com-) + clavis "a key" (see slot (n.2)). Extended sense of "private assembly" is first recorded 1560s.