WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•clave /ˈkɑnkleɪv, ˈkɑŋ-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a private or secret meeting, esp. one that has special authority or influence.
  2. Religionthe assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•clave  (konklāv, kong-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a private or secret meeting.
  2. an assembly or gathering, esp. one that has special authority, power, or influence:a conclave of political leaders.
  3. Religionthe assembly or meeting of the cardinals for the election of a pope.
  4. Religionthe body of cardinals;
    the College of Cardinals.
  5. Religionthe place in which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meet in private for the election of a pope.
  • Medieval Latin, Latin conclāve room, enclosed space, representing (camera) cum clāve (room) with key. See con-, clef
  • Middle English 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

conclave /ˈkɒnkleɪv ˈkɒŋ-/ n
  1. a confidential or secret meeting
  2. the closed apartments where the college of cardinals elects a new pope
  3. a meeting of the college of cardinals for this purpose
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin conclāve, from Latin: cage, place that may be locked, from clāvis key



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