• WordNet 3.6
    • n convocation the act of convoking
    • n convocation a group gathered in response to a summons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Convocation (Oxf. University) An academical assembly, in which the business of the university is transacted.
    • Convocation (Ch. of Eng) An assembly of the clergy, by their representatives, to consult on ecclesiastical affairs.
    • Convocation An assembly or meeting. "In the first day there shall be a holy convocation ."
    • Convocation The act of calling or assembling by summons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n convocation The act of calling together or assembling by summons.
    • n convocation An assembly.
    • n convocation [capitalized] An assembly of the clergy of the Church of England for the settlement of certain ecclesiastical affairs. There are two Convocations, viz., of the provinces of Canterbury and York, summoned by writs from the crown to the archbishops. Each body contains an upper house of bishops with the archbishop as president, and a lower house, composed of deans, archdeacons, and elected proctors. Constitutions for both Convocations were established in the thirteenth century; later an unsuccessful attempt was made to incorporate them with Parliament. In 1533, by the Act of Submission, their legislative powers were restricted, and their acts have since been dependent upon special warrant from the crown. The Convocation of Canterbury was the more important and regular; but after its prorogation in 1717, although its meetings were continued for a time, it received no new royal warrant till 1861. The Convocation of York has generally been less regular in its proceedings than that of Canterbury. Both Convocations now meet at each parliamentary session, and the proctors are renewed at each parliamentary election.
    • n convocation In the University of Cambridge, England, an assembly of the senate out of term time. A grace is immediately passed to convert such a convocation into a congregation, after which its business proceeds as usual. Cam. Cal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Convocation act of convoking: a provincial synod of clergy, the ancient ecclesiastical council of the archbishop, esp. those of the provinces of Canterbury and York in the Church of England: the great legislative assembly of the university at Oxford and elsewhere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convocatio,: cf. F. convocation,. See, Convoke
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convocārecon, together, and vocāre, -ātum, to call.


In literature:

But what authority have ye to convocate my subjects when you will, without my commandment?
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
The necessity of an ecclesiastical synod or convocation, to cooperate with the Parliament, had been long felt.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
These convocations are seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Keep Convocation with its ancient powers, but let Convocation be what it was meant to be.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
The Vice-Chancellor for very shame could not bring himself to read Ruskin's letter of resignation to convocation.
"Great Testimony against scientific cruelty" by Stephen Coleridge
It ordered by bill a convocation of ministers, that the people might be led in the right way, as to the witchcraft.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
The "Petition of the Commons" sounded like an echo of Colet's famous address to the convocation.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Convocation at Oxford, I, 96.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
In 1640 he was chosen clerk of the convocation for Westminster, and in 1642 followed the king to Oxford.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
A LETTER TO A CONVOCATION MAN, concerning the Rights Powers, and Privileges of that Body, first published in 1697.
"Notes and Queries, Number 207, October 15, 1853" by Various
This form differs materially from that subsequently put forth by Convocation, with the revised Prayer Book of 1662.
"Notes and Queries, Number 214, December 3, 1853" by Various
Proctor in Convocation since 1902.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Anything might happen in that fantastic convocation.
"Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter
When and how this convocation originated is not historically clear.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
The rooms in which these synods or convocations are held adjoin the church.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
After a most lengthy disputation, each party presented its formula for the convocation of the bishop to the diets and sittings.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Convocation, charges against, ii.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Members of Convocation appear to have the same privilege.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
Who gave him authority to make convocation of my lieges?
"John Knox" by Wm. M. Taylor
I can tell you Carlisle Bay is a convocation of nervous Netherlanders right now.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

Has sued the architecture and engineering firms tapped to design and build a 750-bed residence hall and convocation center.
New convocation center is being built at California University of Pennsylvania.
Is building a $54 million convocation center.
Four Olympic National Park rangers were honored at the Honor Convocation at the Department of the Interior 's headquarters in Washington, DC, for their rescue of a lost skier.
Opening Convocation of the 51st Year September 1, 2012 Gulshirin Dubash , Instructor of Theatre Arts.
OU President David Boren greeted the new students Thursday at the annual New Sooner Convocation.
The Huskie Marching Band will present its annual year-end concert Friday at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center in DeKalb.
Isaiah J Waddy is senior pastor, will celebrate its 95th anniversary during Holy Convocation 2008.
President Havel gave the following speech on April 22, at George Washington University in Washington, DC, at a convocation honoring him with a presidential medal.
Adams to give UGA school of music convocation address.
In a battle of wills, Riverside finally outlasted Marmaduke 19-17 in the first round of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
BUIES CREEK, NC (WWAY)-- Senior guard Junard Hartley swished a three-pointer from deep in the left corner to propel Campbell over UNCW, 57-56, in a wild non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday night at the Pope Convocation Center.
New ordinance charges a fee when alcohol is served at Convocation Center.
New convocation center is being built at California University of Pennsylvania .
PITTSBURGH — Joni Keating, the daughter of Jill and John Keating of Mayville, accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during an induction convocation on the University of Pittsburgh campus.