klav·​ern ˈkla-vərn How to pronounce klavern (audio)
often capitalized
: a local unit of the Klan

Examples of klavern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 22,000-square-foot hall could hold some 2,000 people, and it was designed to be a space where the klavern -- a local unit of the Klan -- could practice marches and perform minstrel shows. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 16 June 2022 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, 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, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History


blend of Klan and cavern

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of klavern was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Klavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klavern. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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