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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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 As witchcraft has become mainstream, covens have become more casual. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "9 Myths About Witchcraft That Modern-Day Witches Like Me Are Tired of Hearing," 5 Apr. 2018 Pick your poison—a cult, a coven, a murder house, a freak show? Lauren Chval, RedEye Chicago, "What to watch if you’d rather stay in on Halloween," 30 Oct. 2017 In the 1960s, a coven calling themselves W.I.T.C.H (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) set about hexing Wall Street and beauty pageants and generally hanging around being creepy. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Witches, Frog-Gods, and the Deepening Schism of Internet Religions," 3 Apr. 2018 Several Footprints at the River’s Edge commenters riffed on nautical folklore, suggesting that perhaps, like the sirens who tempted Odysseus, covens of attractive females were luring victims to the rivers. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Drowning In a River of Murky Thought," 22 Mar. 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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The first known use of coven was circa 1520

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English Language Learners Definition of coven

: a group of witches

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