- a large formal assembly of a group with common interests, such as a political party or trade union
- the persons attending such an assembly
- US an assembly of delegates of one party to select candidates for office
- an international agreement second only to a treaty in formality: a telecommunications convention
- any agreement, compact, or contract
- the most widely accepted or established view of what is thought to be proper behaviour, good taste, etc
- an accepted rule, usage, etc: a convention used by printers
Also called: conventional a bid or play not to be taken at its face value, which one's partner can interpret according to a prearranged bidding system
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- a formal meeting to discuss matters of concern:[countable]a convention of lawyers.
- Government an assembly of delegates of a political party to nominate candidates and adopt party rules and decisions:[countable]the Democratic convention.
- a practice established by usage;
custom:[countable]It is a mapmaker's convention to show north at the top of a map.
- general agreement;
accepted usage, esp. of procedure:[uncountable]The youth of the sixties were fighting against convention.
- a meeting or formal assembly, as of representatives or delegates, for discussion of and action on particular matters of common concern.
- Government[U.S. Politics.]a representative party assembly to nominate candidates and adopt platforms and party rules.
- Lawan agreement, compact, or contract.
- Government, Lawan international agreement, esp. one dealing with a specific matter, as postal service or copyright.
- a rule, method, or practice established by usage;
custom:the convention of showing north at the top of a map.
- general agreement or consent;
accepted usage, esp. as a standard of procedure.
- Games[Bridge.]any of a variety of established systems or methods of bidding or playing that allows partners to convey certain information about their hands.
- Latin conventiōn- (stem of conventiō) agreement, literally, a coming together. See convene, -tion
- Middle French)
- late Middle English convencio(u)n ( 1375–1425
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Convention, assembly, conference, convocation name meetings for particular purposes. Convention usually suggests a meeting of delegates representing political, church, social, or fraternal organizations. Assembly usually implies a meeting for a settled or customary purpose, as for discussion, legislation, or participation in a social function. Conference suggests a meeting for consultation and discussion about business or professional problems. Convocation denotes a (church) assembly, the members of which have been summoned for a special purpose;
chapel services at some colleges are called convocations.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pact, treaty.