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.
/ˈkɒnkleɪv; ˈkɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a confidential or secret meeting
2.
(RC Church)

n.

late 14c., “a place where cardinals meet to elect a pope,” from Italian conclave, from Latin conclave “a room, chamber suite,” probably originally “a room which may be locked,” from com- “together” (see com-) + clavis “a key” (see slot (n.2)). Extended sense of “private assembly” is first recorded 1560s.

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