a secret or unauthorized meeting, especially for religious worship, as those held by Protestant dissenters in England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a place of meeting or assembly, especially a Nonconformist meeting house.
Obsolete. a meeting or assembly.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English Related forms
< Latin conventiculum
a small assembly. See convent
conventicular /ˌkɒnvɛnˈtɪkyələr/ [kon-ven-tik-yuh-ler] Show IPA , adjective