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conclave

noun con·clave \ˈkän-ˌklāv\

: a private or secret meeting or group

Full Definition of CONCLAVE

1
:  a private meeting or secret assembly; especially :  a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals secluded continuously while choosing a pope
2
:  a gathering of a group or association

Origin of CONCLAVE

Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, room that can be locked up, from com- + clavis key — more at clavicle
First Known Use: 1524

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