noun con·ven·tion \kən-ˈven(t)-shən\

: a large meeting of people who come to a place for usually several days to talk about their shared work or other interests or to make decisions as a group

: a custom or a way of acting or doing things that is widely accepted and followed

: a traditional or common style often used in literature, theater, or art to create a particular effect

Full Definition of CONVENTION

a :  agreement, contract
b :  an agreement between states for regulation of matters affecting all of them
c :  a compact between opposing commanders especially concerning prisoner exchange or armistice
d :  a general agreement about basic principles or procedures; also :  a principle or procedure accepted as true or correct by convention
a :  the summoning or convening of an assembly
b :  an assembly of persons met for a common purpose; especially :  a meeting of the delegates of a political party for the purpose of formulating a platform and selecting candidates for office
c :  the usually state or national organization of a religious denomination
a :  usage or custom especially in social matters
b :  a rule of conduct or behavior
c :  a practice in bidding or playing that conveys information between partners in a card game (as bridge)
d :  an established technique, practice, or device (as in the theater)


Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin convention-, conventio, from convenire
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with CONVENTION

CONVENTION Defined for Kids


noun con·ven·tion \kən-ˈven-chən\

Definition of CONVENTION for Kids

:  a meeting of people for a common purpose <a teachers' convention>
:  a custom or a way of acting and doing things that is widely accepted and followed <Follow the conventions of punctuation in your writing.>
:  agreement 3 <a convention among nations>
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