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Use convention in a sentence

    The definition of a convention is a meeting or assembly of people who share a common interest or a convention is a method, practice, rule or custom.

    1. An example of convention is a national meeting of English teachers.
    2. An example of convention is a rule about comma placement.


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  1. Rare a convening or being convened
    1. an assembly, often periodical, of members or delegates, as of a political, social, professional, or religious group
    2. the members or delegates at such an assembly
    3. in the U.S., an official gathering of delegates of a political party to select candidates for office, formulate party policies, etc.
  2. a large, organized public exhibition centered around a particular industry or activity and typically featuring speakers, vendors, etc.: a sportsmen's convention, comic book convention
    1. an agreement between persons, nations, etc.: a copyright convention, the Geneva Convention
    2. general agreement on the usages and practices of social life: bohemian revolt against convention
    1. a customary practice, rule, method, etc.; usage: the soliloquy was an Elizabethan dramatic convention
    2. Card Games a bid or play understood by partners to have a special meaning when made by either of them

Origin of convention

Middle English convencioun from Classical Latin Sweater Pullover Boutique Navy winter Old conventio from past participle of convenire, convene



  1. a. A formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry.
    Old Pullover Boutique Navy winter Sweater b.The body of persons attending such an assembly: called the convention to order.
  2. An agreement between states, sides, or military forces, especially an international agreement dealing with a specific subject, such as the treatment of prisoners of war.
  3. General agreement on or acceptance of certain practices or attitudes: By convention, north is at the top of most maps.
  4. A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom: the convention of shaking hands.
  5. A widely used and accepted device or technique, as in drama, literature, or painting: the theatrical convention of the aside.

Origin of convention

Middle English convencioun from Latin conventiō conventiōn- meeting from Boutique winter Sweater Old Pullover Navy conventus past participle of convenīre to assemble ; see convene .


(plural conventions)

  1. A meeting or gathering.
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  2. A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates
    The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution
  3. The convening of a formal meeting
  4. A formal agreement, contract or Boutique Taylor Khaki LOFT Shorts leisure Ann rRZar
  5. (international law) A treaty or supplement to such.
    The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations
  6. A generally accepted principle, method or behaviour.
    Table seatings are generally determined by tacit convention, not binding formal protocol
    The convention of driving on the right is reinforced by law.
Related terms

Recorded since c. 1440, from Middle French convention, from Latin conventiō (“meeting, assembling; agreement, convention”), from conveniō (“come, gather or meet together, assemble”), from con- (“with, together”) + veniō (“come”).

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  • When the convention met and the balloting began, the contest along these factional lines started in earnest.
  • The constitution of the state was framed by a convention that sat at Denver from December 1875 to March 1876.
  • In 1779-1780 about 4000 of Burgoyne's troops, surrendered under the "Convention" of Saratoga, were quartered here; in October 1780 part of them were sent to Lancaster, Pa., and later the rest were sent north.
  • Between the casting of the first and the thirty-third ballot, Garfield, who was the leader of Sherman's adherents in the convention, had sometimes received one or two votes and at other times none.
  • A majority of the members elected to each house may submit the question of calling a convention to the people; and if a majority of the votes cast approve, an election for members of a convention shall be held, and all acts of the convention must be submitted to the people for ratification or rejection.
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