convention

[ kuhn-ven-shuhn ]
/ kənˈvɛn ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

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

Origin of convention

1375–1425; late Middle English convencio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin conventiōn- (stem of conventiō) agreement, literally, a coming together. See convene, -tion

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Synonym study

1. Convention, assembly, conference, convocation name meetings for particular purposes. Convention usually suggests a meeting of delegates representing political, church, social, or fraternal organizations. Assembly usually implies a meeting for a settled or customary purpose, as for discussion, legislation, or participation in a social function. Conference suggests a meeting for consultation and discussion about business or professional problems. Convocation denotes a (church) assembly, the members of which have been summoned for a special purpose; chapel services at some colleges are called convocations.

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British Dictionary definitions for convention

convention

/ (kənˈvɛnʃən) /

noun

Word Origin for convention

C15: from Latin conventiō an assembling, agreeing

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Word Origin and History for convention

convention

n.

early 15c., "agreement," from Middle French convention and directly from Latin conventionem (nominative conventio) "meeting, assembly, covenant," noun of action from past participle stem of convenire (see convene).

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