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 Many school districts are still hoping to hold traditional honors convocations, commencement ceremonies and other celebrations for graduating seniors. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus live updates, April 30: Unemployment claims drop but could rise again," 30 Apr. 2020 However, the loss that our seniors are experiencing with the abrupt end to their final semester and subsequent cancellation of the commencement convocation is the most heartbreaking part of this crisis. Essence, "Don't Miss The National HBCU Commencement Celebration Streaming Live From ESSENCE Studios!," 30 Apr. 2020 The agency is governed by an annual convocation of the health ministers of all U.N. countries, and its role is only to offer advice. New York Times, "W.H.O. Declares Global Emergency as Wuhan Coronavirus Spreads," 30 Jan. 2020 Like many universities, Liberty has moved all classes to online sessions, closed its recreation centers, migrated convocations and religious services online, canceled student activities, suspended team sports and closed the campus to visitors. Konstantin Toropin And Daniel Burke, CNN, "Lawsuit accuses Liberty University of 'profiting' from the coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 Utah State University in Logan has decided to cancel all graduation and convocation plans on its campus, while the other seven institutions will postpone ceremonies to an undetermined date. USA TODAY, "Testing robots, toilet paper thefts, legal fights: News from around our 50 states," 20 Mar. 2020 This was introduced at the opening convocation ceremony on Aug. 19 at the new Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. Charlene Paparizos,, "Chagrin Falls School District launches online store with HOME-themed merchandise: Community Voices," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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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 4 Jul. 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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