The theatrical convention of the aside.
The convention of shaking hands.
By convention, north is at the top of most maps.
An example of convention is a national meeting of English teachers.
An example of convention is a rule about comma placement.
Called the convention to order.
A sportsmen's convention, comic book convention.
A copyright convention, the Geneva Convention.
Bohemian revolt against convention.
The soliloquy was an Elizabethan dramatic convention.
The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution.
The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations.
Other Word Forms
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”).