V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an assembly or gathering of people for a secret, confidential meeting, usually one with special authority or influence

Synonyms: assembly, conference, session, meeting, parlay


Tips: Conclave originates from the Latin expression cum clave, "with a key," emphasizing seclusion and the need for a key to enter a meeting. Originally a secret assembly for cardinals to choose a pope in the Roman Catholic Church, conclave has evolved to include the meaning of a general secretive session.

Usage Examples:

The location of the conclave involving the President and other world leaders was unknown to the press. (session, conference)

During modern elections of a Roman Catholic Pope, all cardinals entering the conclave must leave their technological communication devices outside the session. (assembly, meeting)

They are having some kind of conclave and have asked not to be disturbed. (assembly, secret meeting)

We had been gathered together for a meeting, but nobody knew the subject of the conclave. (conference, meeting)

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