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Definition of "convention" []

  • A formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry. (noun)
  • The body of persons attending such an assembly: called the convention to order. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • General agreement on or acceptance of certain practices or attitudes: By convention, north is at the top of most maps. (noun)
  • A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom: the convention of shaking hands. (noun)
  • A large formal assembly of a group with common interests, such as a political party or trade union (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The persons attending such an assembly (noun)
  • An assembly of delegates of one party to select candidates for office (noun)
  • An international agreement second only to a treaty in formality (noun)
  • Any agreement, compact, or contract (noun)
  • The most widely accepted or established view of what is thought to be proper behaviour, good taste, etc (noun)
  • An accepted rule, usage, etc (noun)
  • A bid or play not to be taken at its face value, which one's partner can interpret according to a prearranged bidding system (noun)

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Use "convention" in a sentence
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  • "The lack of imaginative power to break away from convention, _their convention_, is a serious defect in their character."
  • "Langres, that "most secret convention [_convention sécrétissime_] which directed everything after May 31, an occult and terrible power of which the other Convention became the slave and which was composed of the prime initiates of Illuminism."