con·​ver·​sance | \ kən-ˈvər-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce conversance (audio) also ˈkän-vər-sən(t)s \

Definition of conversance

: the quality or state of being conversant

Examples of conversance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The music – sometimes joyous, sometimes mournful – attests to these artists’ conversance with two alluring musical languages. Howard Reich,, "Best jazz albums of 2019: Dee Alexander, Miguel Zenon and Anat Cohen Tentet had a very good year," 27 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conversance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of conversance

1609, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about conversance

Time Traveler for conversance

Time Traveler

The first known use of conversance was in 1609

See more words from the same year

Statistics for conversance

Cite this Entry

“Conversance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on conversance

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for conversance

Comments on conversance

What made you want to look up conversance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!