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 Two Gurney Elementary School employees were recognized by the Chagrin Falls Schools with special awards at the district’s staff convocation Monday (Aug. 16). Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 However, the convocation was slated for May, not June, according to the group’s Bahama’s chapter Facebook page and a magazine produced by the fraternity. Austin Horn, The Courier-Journal, 5 Oct. 2021 Lizastrata’s convocation of women from the region — ranging from Ojai Amy (Suzanne Jolie), a vegan who loves her yurt, to Karen of Orange County (Amanda Pajer), who immediately wants to speak to the manager — brings the humor immediately to a boil. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Teacher of the Year Victoria Shears pointed out during the district’s convocation last week. Rebecca Lurye,, 30 Aug. 2021 Allen ISD spokesman David Hicks noted in a statement that the district held a virtual convocation last year. Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2021 Also at the convocation, Director of Operations Chris Woofter presented the Ray Markuszka 20-Year Service Award to 15 district employees. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2021 In Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, marquesinas are centers of convocation, where family and friends gather to drink, dance and talk. Isabelia Herrera, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Allen Independent School District, a suburb north of Dallas, held its convocation with teachers and staff this week to kick off the new school year. Dallas News, 7 Aug. 2021

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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of convocation

: a large formal meeting of people (such as church officials)
: 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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