co·​ven | \ ˈkə-vən How to pronounce coven (audio) also ˈkō- \

Definition of coven

1 : a collection of individuals with similar interests or activities a coven of intellectuals
2 : an assembly or band of usually 13 witches

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Examples of coven in a Sentence

a coven of epicures who gather for monthly wine tastings
Recent Examples on the Web Along with the other hedge witches, Mambo Marie helps them go agains the pagans who are trying to kill the coven. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Mambo Marie From "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3?," 1 Feb. 2020 The furniture seemed innocent, sanctimonious, a coven of children wrongly accused. New York Times, "‘The Exhibition of Persephone Q,’ by Jessi Jezewska Stevens: An Excerpt," 5 Mar. 2020 While some of them proved to be trouble, some of them came to the rescue when the coven needed them most. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Mambo Marie From "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3?," 1 Feb. 2020 The Pagans reveal themselves in CAOS episode 4, during the coven's Hare Moon celebration. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Here’s What CAOS Is Teaching Us About Pagans… & What Pagans Actually Did," 27 Jan. 2020 Previous seasons have taken us inside a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch’s coven, a cult, a reality show in literal development Hell, and the end times. Nick Romano,, "American Horror Story renewed through season 13," 9 Jan. 2020 Like other ’90s touchstones that are recirculating in the culture — stylized covens, Marianne Williamson — the book has returned at a slightly ironic distance. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019 The Nightsisters The Nightsisters, first introduced in season 3 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, were a coven of witches who reside on the planet Dathomir and use the Force to practice magic, including illusion and necromancy. Nick Romano,, "How Jedi: Fallen Order connects to the larger Star Wars universe," 21 Nov. 2019 The general’s trial is underway when the movie opens on a coven of middle-class ladies and gentlemen sitting around a table, whispering prayers for a favorable outcome. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Weeping Woman' ('La Llorona'): Film Review," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of coven

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coven

Middle English covin agreement, confederacy, from Anglo-French covine, from Medieval Latin convenium agreement, from Latin convenire to agree — more at convenient

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The first known use of coven was circa 1520

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6 May 2020

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“Coven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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: a group of witches

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