conventicle

[ kuhn-ven-ti-kuhl ]

noun
  1. a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.

  2. a place of meeting or assembly, especially a Nonconformist meeting house.

  1. Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.

Origin of conventicle

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin conventiculum a small assembly. See convent, -i-, -cle1

Other words from conventicle

  • con·ven·ti·cler, noun
  • con·ven·tic·u·lar [kon-ven-tik-yuh-ler], /ˌkɒn vɛnˈtɪk yə lər/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for conventicle

conventicle

/ (kənˈvɛntɪkəl) /


noun
  1. a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship

  2. a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters

Origin of conventicle

1
C14: from Latin conventiculum a meeting, from conventus; see convent

Derived forms of conventicle

  • conventicler, noun

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