noun, often capitalized
klav·​ern | \ ˈkla-vərn How to pronounce klavern (audio) \

Definition of klavern

: a local unit of the Klan

Examples of klavern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to testimony in the 2005 murder trial, Killen served as a kleagle, or organizer, of the Klan in Neshoba County and helped set up a klavern, or local Klan group, in a nearby county. CBS News, "Edgar Ray Killen, "Mississippi Burnings" Klan leader, dead at 92," 12 Jan. 2018 Other homeowners might be more inclined, as is Rake’s good-for-nothing brother-in-law, to pull on their white hoods and attend a meeting of the local Klan klavern in the basement of the Congregational church. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Bad Neighbors, Bad Husbands and Very Bad Behavior," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of klavern

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klavern

blend of Klan and cavern

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“Klavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klavern. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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