Convention definition

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(rare) A convening or being convened.
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The convention was held in Geneva.

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A widely used and accepted device or technique, as in drama, literature, or painting.

The theatrical convention of the aside.

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A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom.

The convention of shaking hands.

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General agreement on or acceptance of certain practices or attitudes.

By convention, north is at the top of most maps.

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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.

An example of convention is a national meeting of English teachers.

An example of convention is a rule about comma placement.

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A formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry.
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The body of persons attending such an assembly.

Called the convention to order.

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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.

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An assembly, often periodical, of members or delegates, as of a political, social, professional, or religious group.
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The members or delegates at such an assembly.
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In the U.S., an official gathering of delegates of a political party to select candidates for office, formulate party policies, etc.
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An agreement between persons, nations, etc.

A copyright convention, the Geneva Convention.

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General agreement on the usages and practices of social life.

Bohemian revolt against convention.

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A customary practice, rule, method, etc.; usage.

The soliloquy was an Elizabethan dramatic convention.

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(card games) A bid or play understood by partners to have a special meaning when made by either of them.
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A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates.

The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution.

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The convening of a formal meeting.
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A formal agreement, contract or pact.
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(international law) A treaty or supplement to such.

The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations.

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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.

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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
convention
Plural:
conventions

Origin of convention

  • Middle English convencioun from Latin conventiō conventiōn- meeting from conventus past participle of convenīre to assemble convene

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary