co·​ven | \ˈkə-vən 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

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Over the course of the show, her makeup—whether light and feathery or, eventually, vamped up with the other witches—is a barometer for her allegiance to the witch’s coven. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 28 Oct. 2018 The Spellmans’ coven is literally ruled by the devil himself, the Dark Lord, who has a relentless agenda to make Sabrina his faithful mistress. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Patricia has become convinced that the dance school is home to a coven of witches. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Suspiria is an ambitious remix of a horror classic," 26 Oct. 2018 But, this year, instead of throwing on a pointed hat and riding off into the night, why not delve into the coven a little further? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Which Witch Are You? 7 Beguiling Beauty Looks from Film for Halloween," 14 Oct. 2018 In a pivotal early moment in 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby, Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) is raped and impregnated by Satan as a coven of chanting witches looms over her., "Has Roman Polanski Ruined Rosemary's Baby's Legacy? No.," 12 June 2018 The coven may think of her body as a vessel, but the audience never does., "Has Roman Polanski Ruined Rosemary's Baby's Legacy? No.," 12 June 2018 The series involves a world where some unsavory men brainwash a coven of witches into subservient, suburban housewives. Tracy Brown,, "DC's Vertigo to relaunch with new name, logo and seven comic-book series," 7 June 2018 Photo: © Bob Willoughby/MPTV Images/Reel Art Press The husband, having stumbled upon a witches’ coven in his storied new building, trades his wife, specifically her womb, for earthly renown. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50 Years Later," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coven

: a group of witches

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