con·​vo·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkän-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce convocation (audio) \

Definition of convocation

1a : an assembly of persons called together to a meeting
b(1) : an assembly of bishops and representative clergy of the Church of England
(2) : a consultative assembly of clergy and lay delegates from one part of an Episcopal diocese also : a territorial division of an Episcopal diocese
c : a ceremonial assembly of members of a college or university gave a speech at the convocation
2 : the act or process of calling an assembly of persons to a meeting

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Other Words from convocation

convocational \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce convocational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of convocation in a Sentence

They called for the immediate convocation of the council. the first speaker to address the convocation
Recent Examples on the Web The town hall started with Luria standing on stage at the New Hope Baptist Church convocation center at a lectern draped with red, white and blue bunting. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "The story of a Virginia swing district town hall: From cheers to jeers," 4 Oct. 2019 The Armory retreat, the biggest of these convocations so far, and the first that was partly open to the public, was about sound. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "I Thrive in a Certain Kind of Complexity.' Artist-Musician Theaster Gates on the Transformative Power of Art," 5 Dec. 2019 Students at this year's convocation saw a bright future in UT-Dallas’ current trajectory. María Méndez, Dallas News, "How UT Dallas evolved from a small research center into one of the fastest-growing universities in just 50 years," 18 Aug. 2019 The university kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations at the convocation, the first of several events during the 2019-20 academic year. Washington Post, "University of Texas at Dallas celebrates 50th anniversary," 20 Aug. 2019 At a time when global challenges can seem paralyzing in their complexity, the New York convocation offers a ray of hope, an indication of how worldwide alliances can in fact take root. Wired, "Wait, There’s Hope! Here’s How Humans Might Save Antibiotics," 31 Oct. 2019 West’s personal movement, and the public convocation of his Sunday Services, is clearly against the politics of division. Armond White, National Review, "Kanye West’s Faith Triumphs Over Political Bitterness," 30 Oct. 2019 While anticipation builds, here are seven takeaways from Tuesday night’s crowded convocation. Los Angeles Times, "7 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio," 15 Oct. 2019 Sarra chose a current student to be one of the key speakers at convocation because her story so directly connects with teaching in a large, poor city where many youngsters come from difficult home environments. Don Stacom,, "New Britain high school senior speaks at standing-room-only convocation, tells teachers ‘There are students in this city that need you’," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of convocation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for convocation

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin convocation-, convocatio, from convocare — see convoke

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“Convocation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of convocation

: a large formal meeting of people (such as church officials)
US : a meeting of the members of a college or university to observe a particular ceremony (such as the beginning of the school year or the announcing of awards and honors)
: the act of calling a group of people to a formal meeting

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