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

Example Sentences

They called for the immediate convocation of the council. the first speaker to address the convocation
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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 1 Jun. 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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