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 convocation (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 These issues are buried under King and Kemp’s fantasy convocation that pretends to reveal the roots of black American dissatisfaction. Armond White, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to see Turkish officials at a convocation of leading diplomats from NATO member states next week. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 19 Mar. 2021 In a news release Monday, the university said college-specific convocation ceremonies will be held in person, while the general commencement ceremony will be pre-recorded and live-streamed. Rebekah Wahlberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 That fall, the Black student groups organized a walkout of the convocation in protest. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2021 Pope Francis gathered members of the prominent faiths in Iraq at Ur, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, for an inter-religious convocation meant to promote unity among Iraqi's diverse religious communities. Clark Bentson, ABC News, 6 Mar. 2021 Students walked out of autumn convocation in solidarity with Kanoute. Michael Powell,, 26 Feb. 2021 Students walked out of autumn convocation in solidarity with Ms. Kanoute. Michael Powell, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021 The council developed out of a global forum at the Vatican in 2016, organized by Fortune and Time, and a convocation of business leaders there to meet with Pope Francis. Fortune Staff, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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