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 More inclusive casting means a coven of white women will be confronting what is often a lone woman of color. Anna Peele, Vulture, "The Soul of Bravo," 14 Apr. 2021 Even her own mother—the coven’s head witch—refuses mercy when Agatha pleads for her life. Erik Kain, Forbes, "‘WandaVision’ Episode 8 Review: A Powerful Journey Through Wanda’s Grief," 26 Feb. 2021 Americans recognize less and less of themselves on TV, and Congress is typically portrayed as a coven of extremism. Philip Elliott, Time, "The Real Congress is Kinder, Gentler Than What You See on TV," 19 Feb. 2021 But before the Pagans were defeated, some of their magic irreversibly damaged the coven. Martha Sorren,, "What You Actually Need To Remember From Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Part 3," 30 Dec. 2020 Zelda invited the hedge witches to join her new coven which prays to the female goddess Hecate, who possesses all womanly power. Martha Sorren,, "What You Actually Need To Remember From Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Part 3," 30 Dec. 2020 Usually Sarah Potter, a tarot reader, professional witch, and colour magic practitioner based in New York City, meets with her coven in person on Samhain. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Real Witches On How They’re Celebrating Halloween," 31 Oct. 2020 What luck, then, that an entire coven seems to have followed them to the seaside Southern resort the pair have escaped to, a grand old hotel overseen by the fussily officious Mr. Stringer (Stanley Tucci). Leah Greenblatt,, "HBO Max's The Witches casts the wrong kind of spell: Review," 21 Oct. 2020 The set became a community in which all four actors formed their own IRL coven. Kim Wong-shing, Glamour, "The Craft: Legacy Is Full of Clever Nods to the Original," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Coven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coven

: a group of witches

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