Conclave

Definition of Conclave

Con´clave
n.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.

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