[ kon-vuh-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn vəˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of convoking.
the state of being convoked.
a group of people gathered in answer to a summons; assembly.
Anglican Church. either of the two provincial synods or assemblies of the clergy.
Protestant Episcopal Church.
  1. an assembly of the clergy of part of a diocese.
  2. the area represented at such an assembly.
a formal assembly at a college or university, especially for a graduation ceremony.

Nearby words

  1. convival,
  2. convive,
  3. convivial,
  4. convo,
  5. convocate,
  6. convocative,
  7. convocator,
  8. convoke,
  9. convoker,
  10. convolute

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

Synonym study

3. See convention. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for convocation


/ (ˌkɒnvəˈkeɪʃən) /


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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