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conclave


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conclave  \Con"clave\  (?  or  ?;  277),  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  conclave  a 
  room  that  may  locked  up  con-  +  clavis  key.  See  {Clavicle}.] 
  1.  The  set  of  apartments  within  which  the  cardinals  of  the 
  Roman  Catholic  Church  are  continuously  secluded  while 
  engaged  in  choosing  a  pope. 
 
  2.  The  body  of  cardinals  shut  up  in  the  conclave  for  the 
  election  of  a  pope;  hence  the  body  of  cardinals. 
 
  It  was  said  a  cardinal,  by  reason  of  his  apparent 
  likelihood  to  step  into  St  Peter's  chair,  that  in 
  two  conclaves  he  went  in  pope  and  came  out  again 
  cardinal.  --South. 
 
  3.  A  private  meeting;  a  close  or  secret  assembly. 
 
  The  verdicts  pronounced  by  this  conclave  (Johnson's 
  Club)  on  new  books,  were  speedily  known  over  all 
  London.  --Macaulay. 
 
  {To  be  in  conclave},  to  be  engaged  in  a  secret  meeting;  -- 
  said  of  several,  or  a  considerable  number  of  persons. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conclave 
  n  :  a  confidential  or  secret  meeting 




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