[ kuh n-ven-ti-kuh l ]
/ kənˈvɛn tɪ kəl /


a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a place of meeting or assembly, especially a Nonconformist meeting house.
Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.

Nearby words

  1. conveniency,
  2. convenient,
  3. conveniently,
  4. convenor,
  5. convent,
  6. convention,
  7. convention center,
  8. conventional,
  9. conventional sign,
  10. conventional thoracoplasty

Origin of conventicle

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin conventiculum a small assembly. See convent, -i-, -cle1

Related formscon·ven·ti·cler, nouncon·ven·tic·u·lar [kon-ven-tik-yuh-ler] /ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conventicle


/ (kənˈvɛntɪkəl) /


a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
Derived Formsconventicler, noun

Word Origin for conventicle

C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent

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Word Origin and History for conventicle



from Latin conventiculum "a small assembly," diminutive of conventus (see convent).

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