coven

noun
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

Examples of coven in a Sentence

a coven of epicures who gather for monthly wine tastings
Recent Examples on the Web Where the witches in Coen’s film are so economical they’re all played by the same actress (Kathryn Hunter), Polanski gives us a massive coven of naked hags, mixing a truly vile-looking elixir. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 There were also talks about Prudence and Ambrose going off and starting their own coven. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2022 In the 1993 original, teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) accidentally resurrects a coven of evil witches known as the Sanderson Sisters (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy). Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 31 Jan. 2022 Imagine the Roys as a coven of powerful vampires with Logan as their sire, not only leeching off the world in your standard-issue billionaire way but in a bloodsucking way too. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 28 Oct. 2021 With Budapest serving as high priestess, the coven grew. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 What inspired you to tell the story of a modern coven? Jamie Lang, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 As the leader of a kid-snatching coven, Anne Hathaway is just cartoonishly over the top – think Cruella de Vil meets the Joker after 10 cappuccinos – in Robert Zemeckis' family-friendly film. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 And there are other college cliques just as razored as the most Heathers-like sorority coven. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Coven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coven. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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