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[kon-vuh-key-shuh n] /ˌkɒn vəˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of convoking.
the state of being convoked.
a group of people gathered in answer to a summons; assembly.
Anglican Church. either of the two provincial synods or assemblies of the clergy.
Protestant Episcopal Church.
  1. an assembly of the clergy of part of a diocese.
  2. the area represented at such an assembly.
a formal assembly at a college or university, especially for a graduation ceremony.
Origin of convocation
1350-1400; Middle English convocacio(u)n (< Middle French) < Latin convocātiōn- (stem of convocātiō). See convoke, -ation
Related forms
convocational, adjective
convocationally, adverb
3. See convention. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for convocation
  • Hatch's convocation seemed to have accomplished little or nothing.
  • Our problem is at convocation or any larger gathering with a speaker.
  • Would puzzle a convocation of casuists to resolve their degrees of consanguinity.
British Dictionary definitions for convocation


a large formal assembly, esp one specifically convened
the act of convoking or state of being convoked
(Church of England) either of the synods of the provinces of Canterbury or York
(Episcopal Church)
  1. an assembly of the clergy and part of the laity of a diocese
  2. a district represented at such an assembly
(sometimes capital) (in some British universities) a legislative assembly composed mainly of graduates
(in India) a degree-awarding ceremony
(in Australia and New Zealand) the graduate membership of a university
Derived Forms
convocational, adjective
convocator, noun
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Word Origin and History for convocation

late 14c., "assembly of persons," from Old French convocation and directly from Latin convocationem (nominative convocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of convocare "to call together," from com- "together" (see com-) + vocare "to call," from vox "voice" (see voice (n.)). Related: Convocational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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convocation in the Bible

a meeting of a religious character as distinguished from congregation, which was more general, dealing with political and legal matters. Hence it is called an "holy convocation." Such convocations were the Sabbaths (Lev. 23:2, 3), the Passover (Ex. 12:16; Lev. 23:7, 8; Num. 28:25), Pentecost (Lev. 23:21), the feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24; Num. 29:1), the feast of Weeks (Num. 28:26), and the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:35, 36). The great fast, the annual day of atonement, was "the holy convocation" (Lev. 23:27; Num. 29:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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