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

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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He was also accused of running a Wiccan coven called Blazing Solar Flames, where members often went naked. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Yoga Reconsiders the Role of the Guru in the Age of #MeToo," 23 July 2019 In the brow coven's defense, Meghan's eyebrows are amazing. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why People Are Copying Meghan Markle's Eyebrows," 27 Jan. 2019 Suspiria introduced viewers to a Cold War-era ballet school that’s—whoops!—actually run by a coven of witches whose battle for power results in bloodshed. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018 On the whole, Sabrina and her coven stick to a handful of style signatures. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration," 25 Oct. 2018 The narrative focuses on the ghoulish secrets hidden in the walls of the world renowned Markos Dance Academy, which is run by a coven of witches. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Suspira’s Costume Designer on Making Dresses Out of Hair and Redefining ’70s Style as Something Chicly Horrifying," 23 Oct. 2018 The coven of witchy characters in popular culture almost certainly goes far deeper than a seasonal dedication to all things spooky. 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 Less remake, more regeneration, the new Suspiria retains its predecessor’s setting and setup — a prestigious German dance school run by a shadowy coven — but digs its hooks into elements that Argento’s film floated past. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 In theaters, audiences got a taste of a murderous coven masquerading as a ballet company in Dakota Johnson-starrer Suspiria. 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

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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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