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conclave

[kon-kleyv, kong-]
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noun
  1. a private or secret meeting.
  2. an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence: a conclave of political leaders.
  3. the assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
  4. the body of cardinals; the College of Cardinals.
  5. the place in which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meet in private for the election of a pope.
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Origin of conclave

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin conclāve room, enclosed space, representing (camera) cum clāve (room) with key. See con-, clef
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Related Words for conclave

confab, powwow, conference, gathering, assembly, parley, huddle, cabinet, session, council, meet, encounter, get-together

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Historical Examples of conclave

  • First the Conclave, the three scrutators, and himself as one of them.

  • While seated in conclave outside the camp, we suddenly were aware of a great hubbub.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • But while the soldiers were still seated in conclave, Coeratadas, of Thebes, arrived.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • Conclave of the tribes could put him on the throne tomorrow morning.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • There'd be a deadlock when a conclave started checking their claims.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for conclave

conclave

noun
  1. a confidential or secret meeting
  2. RC Church
    1. the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
    2. a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose
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Derived Formsconclavist, noun

Word Origin for conclave

C14: from Medieval Latin conclāve, from Latin: cage, place that may be locked, from clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for conclave

n.

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.

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