[kon-vuh-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of convoking.
  2. the state of being convoked.
  3. a group of people gathered in answer to a summons; assembly.
  4. Anglican Church. either of the two provincial synods or assemblies of the clergy.
  5. Protestant Episcopal Church.
    1. an assembly of the clergy of part of a diocese.
    2. the area represented at such an assembly.
  6. a formal assembly at a college or university, especially for a graduation ceremony.

Origin of convocation

1350–1400; Middle English convocacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin convocātiōn- (stem of convocātiō). See convoke, -ation
Related formscon·vo·ca·tion·al, adjectivecon·vo·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb

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3. See convention. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for convocation


  1. a large formal assembly, esp one specifically convened
  2. the act of convoking or state of being convoked
  3. Church of England either of the synods of the provinces of Canterbury or York
  4. Episcopal Church
    1. an assembly of the clergy and part of the laity of a diocese
    2. a district represented at such an assembly
  5. (sometimes capital) (in some British universities) a legislative assembly composed mainly of graduates
  6. (in India) a degree-awarding ceremony
  7. (in Australia and New Zealand) the graduate membership of a university
Derived Formsconvocational, adjectiveconvocator, noun
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Word Origin and History for convocation

late 14c., "assembly of persons," from Old French convocation and directly from Latin convocationem (nominative convocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of convocare "to call together," from com- "together" (see com-) + vocare "to call," from vox "voice" (see voice (n.)). Related: Convocational.

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