- a religious assembly held illegally and secretly by certain Protestant sects that disputed the authority of the Church of England in the 16th and 17th cent.
- the meeting place of such an assembly
Origin of conventicleMiddle English from Old French conventicule from Classical Latin conventiculum, diminutive of convent
- A religious meeting, especially a secret or illegal one, such as those held by Dissenters in England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- The place where such a meeting is held.
Origin of conventicleMiddle English from Latin conventiculum meeting diminutive of conventus assembly ; see convent .