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

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His competitive streak showed in a convocation address last July to students in Pakistan. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Abraaj Founder Scrambles as Empire Teeters," 10 June 2018 In his convocation address, Vick spoke passionately about his faith and animal welfare. Karen Swallow Prior, Washington Post, "Fallen NFL star Michael Vick speaks at Liberty University about dog fighting and his faith," 29 Jan. 2018 Wide-net interreligious convocations seem to traditionalists to put their faiths on par with that of a shaman who prays to mountain spirits. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 Trump and Putin had met twice previously but the Helsinki summit represented their most significant convocation to date, an encounter replete with non-verbal cues as two leaders known for their tough personas sized each other up once again. Ken Thomas And Jonathan Lemire, Fox News, "The wink, the slouch -- the non-verbal cues at the summit," 16 July 2018 This letter quickly grabbed the attention of school administrators, who decided to honor Toensing by inviting her to the 2018 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's convocation. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "A 6th-grade teacher wrote 'Invite me to your Harvard graduation!' -- 21 years later, the student did just that," 25 May 2018 Marchers are scheduled to gather in Daley Plaza at 11 a.m. Faith leaders will lead the group in a convocation. Heidi Stevens,, "'American values are being shredded:' Families Belong Together March organizers speak out," 26 June 2018 Balegh told the participants that the clerics were not in favor of foreign troops in Afghanistan and that the scholars should work for a grander convocation of religious figures to find a way for ending the conflict. Sayed Salahuddin, Washington Post, "Suicide bomber hits meeting of Afghan religious figures condemning terrorism, killing 14," 4 June 2018 Last summer, Comey agreed to give a convocation speech and series of lectures at Howard University. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Comey to teach course on ethical leadership for College of William & Mary," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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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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