conclaves

conclave

[kon-kleyv, kong-]
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; Middle English < Medieval Latin, Latin conclāve room, enclosed space, representing (camera) cum clāve (room) with key. See con-, clef

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conclave (ˈkɒnkleɪv, ˈkɒŋ-)
 
n
1.  a confidential or secret meeting
2.  RC Church
 a.  the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
 b.  a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin conclāve, from Latin: cage, place that may be locked, from clāvis key]
 
'conclavist
 
n

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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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