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conclave

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noun con·clave \ˈkän-ˌklāv\

Simple Definition of conclave

  • : a private or secret meeting or group

Full Definition of conclave

  1. 1 :  a private meeting or secret assembly; especially :  a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals secluded continuously while choosing a pope

  2. 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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