• WordNet 3.6
    • n conclave a confidential or secret meeting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Conclave A private meeting; a close or secret assembly. "The verdicts pronounced by this conclave Johnson's Club) on new books, were speedily known over all London."
    • Conclave The body of cardinals shut up in the conclave for the election of a pope; hence, the body of cardinals. "It was said a cardinal, by reason of his apparent likelihood to step into St. Peter's chair, that in two conclaves he went in pope and came out again cardinal."
    • Conclave The set of apartments within which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conclave A private apartment; particularly, the place in which the Sacred College or assembly of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meets in privacy for the election of a pope.
    • n conclave The assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
    • n conclave Formerly the pope was elected by the clergy and people of Rome; but, owing to the violence and even bloodshed with which these elections were attended, the right of election was in 1059 vested in the cardinals, and is still exercised by them. During the progress of an election, which usually lasts several days, they and their attendants are locked up and guarded within the apartments in the Vatican occupied by them, to prevent any external interference or influence.
    • n conclave The body of cardinals; the Sacred College.
    • n conclave Any private meeting; a close assembly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conclave kon′klāv the room in which cardinals meet to elect a pope: the body of cardinals: any close assembly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. conclave, a room that may locked up; con-, + clavis, key. See Clavicle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conclave, from con, together, clavis, a key.


In literature:

One night, when the parliament of our shanty was assembled in full conclave, the Fiend enunciated his views.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
After dinner Mr. Stowe and myself returned on shore, and in a family conclave there also stated the result of our visit to the convent.
"Graham's Magazine, Vol. XXXII No. 4, April 1848" by Various
No holy spirit will inspire the Conclave.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
As in the first act, the popular party in private conclave is introduced.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
In the front yard the editor called a hasty conclave which included the entire party.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Without his presence no state conclave was complete; without his opinion no tribal law or ruling was ever decided.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
Here was gathered a choice aggregation of Mexican sympathizers, a conclave hostile to the North.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Adelbert Bysshe, rector of the Church of England chapel, had held a secret conclave the night before at the squire's house.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
To sit well-dressed in a well-lighted room and have nonsense talked to her suited her better than a petticoat conclave.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
No more solemn conclaves and arguments and counter-arguments to induce the commander to sail this way and that!
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut

In poetry:

The tears, still southward fleeting,
To the still conclave go
And all, each other meeting,
Into the Jordan flow.
"With A Copy Of 'The Rabbi Of Bachwach'" by Heinrich Heine
Thou drear November! in thy reign we saw
A press-blown clamour overcrow the law—
A secret conclave trample Justice down,
Beneath the shelter of Victoria's crown.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
If you, with words celestial, stopped these kings
For sober conclave, ere their battle great,
Would they for one deep instant then discern
Their crime, their heart-rot, and their fiend's estate?
"Above The Battle's Front" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

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A look at likely papabili in next conclave, as well as those who could be key in building consensus.
With the Republican National Convention history and the Democratic conclave underway, the 2012 campaign season is spinning -- literally -- toward the Nov 6 general election.
Broadcast executive Bob Shannon has been named as executive director for the Midwestern educational nonprofit the Conclave, according to Mark Bolke, chairman of the Conclave Board of Directors.
At Mao -style leadership conclave, China's Communists embrace microblogging, drawing Web jeers.