con·​vo·​ca·​tion ˌkän-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce convocation (audio)
: an assembly of persons called together to a meeting
: an assembly of bishops and representative clergy of the Church of England
: a consultative assembly of clergy and lay delegates from one part of an Episcopal diocese
also : a territorial division of an Episcopal diocese
: a ceremonial assembly of members of a college or university
gave a speech at the convocation
: the act or process of calling an assembly of persons to a meeting
convocational 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 steady tempo of Morrison’s performance is friendly as a church convocation. Armond White, National Review, 10 Nov. 2023 Los Angeles comedians joined the seventh 21-and-over convocation of dark comedians and listeners who adore them at Notoriety, a former third-floor multiplex of the Neonopolis center on downtown’s Fremont Street. Julie Seabaugh, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 The process is divided into multiple rounds over the course of six days, including convocation, philanthropy, sisterhood, preference and bid day. Allison Armijo Los Angeles Times (tns), al, 18 Aug. 2023 Radio host Erick Erickson’s annual convocation of conservative leaders and activists mostly sidestepped the dominant figure in Republican politics. Bill Barrow, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2023 Also at the beginning of the school convocation, Administrative Assistant Gigi Kuper-Lewis was awarded the district’s Staff Member of the Year Award. Matt Leavitt, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2023 No one at the convocation remembers Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, or Flannery O’Connor. Armond White, National Review, 18 Aug. 2023 As a senior at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, Professor Hamilton participated in the first convocation for young poets at Indiana University, an event financed by the philanthropist Ruth Lilly. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 18 June 2023 Meanwhile, thousands of fans of Japanese pop culture will gather Saturday for the start of Anime Expo, a four-day convocation of people interested in manga art, cosplay and video games with exhibitions and panels at the Los Angeles Convention Center and nearby hotels. Helen Li, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of convocation was in the 14th century

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“Convocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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con·​vo·​ca·​tion ˌkän-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce convocation (audio)
: an assembly of persons called together to a meeting

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