Definition of convocation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


1A large formal assembly of people, in particular:
Example sentences
  • This was their second reunion as a similar convocation gathered for a get together in Summerhill twenty-five years ago.
  • Security and logistic preparations are well under way in Algeria in preparation for the convocation of the highest-level Arab wide congregation.
  • Thanks to things like the Poetry Project and Naropa and other off-the-beaten-track arts centres there are festivals and convocations, and poets are on the Internet too.
1.1(In the Church of England) a representative assembly of clergy of the province of Canterbury or York.
Example sentences
  • Though now under royal control the convocations of Canterbury and York survived.
  • The proceedings of the convocation of Canterbury were conducted in English quite often by the 1370s, and Henry IV spoke to Parliament in English in 1399 and had his words carefully recorded.
  • Despite its being known as the Authorized Version, it was never publicly authorized by parliament, convocation, privy council, or king.
1.2British A legislative or deliberative assembly of a university.
Example sentences
  • Please note that the summaries and minutes of meetings of Convocation published above exclude information which the University has declared will not be routinely published under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • Convocation is the University's Graduate Association and includes University Officers, academic/academic-related members of staff and invited Honorary Graduates.
  • The Standing Committee of Convocation may debate and submit a representative view on any issue which affects the University, and its aims are essentially to support and promote the interests of the University in the widest possible sense.
1.3North American A formal ceremony for the conferment of university awards.
Example sentences
  • Initially, the hall was to host lectures and speeches as primary functions, followed by university convocations and ceremonies, and lastly musical and theatrical performances.
  • The three were selected from 25 nominations submitted last month and will be recognized at the university's spring awards convocation March 28.
  • The President's Office confirmed the award winner would be honored during the university's spring awards convocation, lending additional legitimacy to the award.
2 [mass noun] The action of calling people together for a large formal assembly: the arguments delayed the convocation of the first congress, planned for February 1992
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  • From Megiddo in 1485 BC to Kosovo in ad 1999, this argument runs, the only thing all wars have had in common has been to increase governments' powers of convocation and coercion.
  • The proposal is to complete the convocation by July ’, Prof. Ponnusamy states.
  • The petition went on to demand the eight-hour working day, the separation of church from state, a fair wage, land to be redistributed, and the convocation of a constituent assembly.



Example sentences
  • The east wing expands convocational space for cultural events within the museum and increases and modernizes collection storage facilities.
  • Each of the convocational churches is also on our mailing list so that, hopefully, flyers are posted and bulletin and newsletter announcements are made in every congregation.
  • The Mick Thompson Center will consist of renovating the convocational facilities to include expansion of the seating area and additional classroom space.


Late Middle English: from Latin convocatio(n-), from the verb convocare (see convoke).

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