Definition of Conclave

1. Noun. A confidential or secret meeting.

Generic synonyms: Group Meeting, Meeting

Definition of Conclave

1. n. The set of apartments within which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope.

Definition of Conclave

1. Noun. The set of apartments within which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope. ¹

2. Noun. The group of Roman Catholic cardinals locked in a conclave until they elect a new pope; the body of cardinals ¹

3. Noun. A private meeting; a close or secret assembly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Conclave

1. a secret meeting [n -S]

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Literary usage of Conclave

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1. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"The name conclave was given to the assembly of cardinals charged with the election of a pope, because they were kept under lock and key until they came to ..."

2. The Papacy and the Levant (1204-1571). by Kenneth M. Setton (1984)
"The conclave began with an assembly of the cardinals in the Cappella Paolina ... Since the conclave was not to be closed, however, until 10:00 or even 11:00 ..."

3. History of the Popes: Their Church and State by Leopold von Ranke, E. Fowler (1901)
"[Clement VII, Pontifex Maximus, the conclave and his Elevation. ... We find the following remark on the title-page : " The style of this conclave ..."

4. The History of the Popes, from the Close of the Middle Ages: Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor, Ralph Francis Kerr, Frederick Ignatius Antrobus (1908)
"In stringent language this Spaniard exhorted the conclave to elect as Pope a man who would bring peace to Italy, protect Christendom against the Turks, ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1900)
"On the tenth, they are imprisoned, each with one domestic, in a common apartment, or conclave, without any separation of walls or curtains ; a small window ..."

6. The History of Russia: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time by Kelly, Walter Keating (1854)
"It was to dissipate the apprehensions of this reunion that, after expelling the Jesuits from his dominions, he instituted the mock conclave, ..."

7. The History of the Papacy in the XIXth Century by Fredrik Kristian Nielsen (1906)
"It was feared in Vienna that it contained an indication that the next conclave would be held at Naples, and not on imperial ground, as people in Austria ..."

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