a meeting or formal assembly, as of representatives or delegates, for discussion of and action on particular matters of common concern.
2. U.S. politics.
a representative party assembly to nominate candidates and adopt platforms and party rules.
an agreement, compact, or contract.
an international agreement, especially one dealing with a specific matter, as postal service or copyright.
a rule, method, or practice established by usage; custom: the convention of showing north at the top of a map.
general agreement or consent; accepted usage, especially as a standard of procedure.
Bridge. any of a variety of established systems or methods of bidding or playing that allows partners to convey certain information about their hands.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English convencio Related forms
(< Middle French
) < Latin conventiōn-
(stem of conventiō
) agreement, literally, a coming together. See convene
1. Convention, assembly, conference, convocation name meetings for particular purposes. Convention usually suggests a meeting of delegates representing political, church, social, or fraternal organizations. Assembly usually implies a meeting for a settled or customary purpose, as for discussion, legislation, or participation in a social function. Conference suggests a meeting for consultation and discussion about business or professional problems. Convocation denotes a (church) assembly, the members of which have been summoned for a special purpose; chapel services at some colleges are called convocations. 3. pact, treaty.