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conclave

[kon-kleyv, kong-] /ˈkɒn kleɪv, ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a private or secret meeting.
2.
an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence:
a conclave of political leaders.
3.
the assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
4.
the body of cardinals; the College of Cardinals.
5.
the place in which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meet in private for the election of a pope.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin conclāve room, enclosed space, representing (camera) cum clāve (room) with key. See con-, clef
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British Dictionary definitions for conclave

conclave

/ˈkɒnkleɪv; ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a confidential or secret meeting
2.
(RC Church)
  1. the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
  2. a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose
Derived Forms
conclavist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin conclāve, from Latin: cage, place that may be locked, from clāvis key
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Word Origin and History for conclave
conclave
1390s, from It., from L. conclave "a room which may be locked," from com- "together" + clavis "a key" (see slot (2)). Earliest use is "a place where cardinals meet to elect a pope." Extended sense of "private assembly" is first recorded 1568.
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