What does convention mean?

Definitions for convention
kənˈvɛn ʃəncon·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. convention(noun)

    a large formal assembly

    "political convention"

  2. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

  3. convention(noun)

    (diplomacy) an international agreement

  4. conventionality, convention, conventionalism(noun)

    orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

  5. convention, convening(noun)

    the act of convening

Wiktionary

  1. convention(Noun)

    A meeting or gathering.

    The convention was held in Geneva.

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

  2. convention(Noun)

    A formal deliberative assembly of mandated delegates

    The EU installed an inter-institutional Convention to draft a European constitution

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

  3. convention(Noun)

    The convening of a formal meeting

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

  4. convention(Noun)

    A formal agreement, contract or pact

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

  5. convention(Noun)

    A treaty or supplement to such.

    The Vienna convention at the Vienna Congress (1814-15) standardized most of diplomatic conduct for generations

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

  6. convention(Noun)

    A generally accepted principle, method or behaviour.

    Etymology: Recorded since c. 1440, from conventio, from convenio, from con- + venio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convention(verb)

    the act of coming together; the state of being together; union; coalition

    Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

  2. Convention(verb)

    general agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage; conventionality

    Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

  3. Convention(verb)

    a meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or representatives, to accomplish some specific object, -- civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical

    Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

  4. Convention(verb)

    an extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, -- as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II

    Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

  5. Convention(verb)

    an agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or between states; also, a formal agreement between governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention between two governments

    Etymology: [L. conventio: cf. F. convention. See Convene, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Convention

    A convention, in the sense of a meeting, is a gathering of individuals who meet at an arranged place and time in order to discuss or engage in some common interest. The most common conventions are based upon industry, profession, and fandom. Trade conventions typically focus on a particular industry or industry segment, and feature keynote speakers, vendor displays, and other information and activities of interest to the event organizers and attendees. Professional conventions focus on issues of concern to the profession and advancements in the profession. Such conventions are generally organized by societies dedicated to promotion of the topic of interest. Fan conventions usually feature displays, shows, and sales based on pop culture and guest celebrities. Science fiction conventions traditionally partake of the nature of both professional conventions and fan conventions, with the balance varying from one to another. Conventions also exist for various hobbies, such as gaming or model railroads. Conventions are often planned and coordinated, often in exacting detail, by professional meeting and convention planners, either by staff of the convention's hosting company or by outside specialists. Most large cities will have a convention center dedicated to hosting such events. The term MICE - meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions - is widely used in Asia as a description of the industry. The Convention is one of the most dynamic elements in the M.I.C.E. segment. The industry is generally regulated under the tourism sector.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Convention

    kon-ven′shun, n. an assembly, esp. of representatives or delegates for some common object: any extraordinary assembly called upon any special occasion: any temporary treaty: an agreement: established usage: fashion.—adj. Conven′tional, formed by convention: growing out of tacit agreement or custom: customary: not spontaneous.—v.t. Conven′tionalise.—ns. Conventionalism, that which is established by tacit agreement, as a mode of speech, &c.; Conven′tionalist, one who adheres to a convention, or is swayed by conventionalism; Conventional′ity, state of being conventional: that which is established by use or custom.—adv. Conven′tionally.—adj. Conven′tionary, acting under contract.—ns. Conven′tioner, Conven′tionist. [Fr.,—L. convention-em. See Convene.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. convention

    An agreement made between hostile troops, for the evacuation of a post, or the suspension of hostilities.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. convention

    In a military sense, is an agreement made between hostile armies for some well-defined purpose, such as the evacuation of a fort, territory, etc. One of the most celebrated conventions of modern times was that of Cintra (1808), between the French and the English generals.

Editors Contribution

  1. convention

    A type of international agreement.

    There are many types of international conventions.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'convention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2832

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'convention' in Nouns Frequency: #979

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of convention in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of convention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of convention in a Sentence

  1. Brian Fonseca:

    He's taken three different positions in the last eight months. Wasserman Schultz -- backed by President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton -- also disagreed with Canova’s suggestion that she did not have the support of black voters in the district. Wasserman cited in part the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus. It’s unclear whether the debate, or the Sanders-fueled donations, will make the difference for Tim Canova. The Tim Canova campaign touted polling released at the end of the Democratic National Convention showed Tim Canova trailing by 8 points, 46-38 percent. This was after she stepped down at the DNC amid a scandal over leaked emails. But Wasserman Schultz is not taking any chances, bringing in heavyweights like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In some ways, the race is reminiscent of the Sanders-Clinton race. This race has a lot of parallels with the national Democratic primary in that you have a moderate candidate competing against a more progressive candidate.

  2. Donald Trump:

    Donald Trump also ruled out someone with Wall Street experience, saying : I don’t need that type of ability. Former rivals rumored to be being considered include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In May, Donald Trump said Donald Trump was not considering Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the job. When asked how Donald Trump would announce the pick, Donald Trump said Donald Trump would keep it under Donald Trump hat until the convention. The latest headlines on the 2016 elections from the biggest name in Bloomberg Politics. See Latest Coverage I ’d like to save it, give it the old fashioned way, right ?

  3. Southern Baptists believing the Bible:

    Adding to strife at the convention was the last minute addition of Vice President Pence, the self-titled Evangelical Catholic who invited himself to speak. One member offered a motion to disinvite the vice president. What is said in Washington echoes around the world and having him - Mr. Pence - come further hinders our work, the member said. During his speech, Pence stressed a message of prayer but also a fair dose of politics,listing the administration's accomplishments including the recent summit in North Korea.He then asked for members continued support. As I stand before you today I say with confidence,jobs are back, confidence is back...and under President Donald Trump.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    This fevered pipe dream of Washington that at the convention they would parachute in some white knight who will save the Washington establishment, it is nothing less than a pipe dream, it ai n’t gon na happen. If it did happen, the people would quite rightly revolt. Senator Cruz only bolstered his case that he's gaining momentum in the battle against front-runner Trump with his Wisconsin victory. He scored 48 percent of the vote to Trump's 35 percent, and picked up the lion's share of the state's delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich trailed far behind. The race heads next, though, to New York state where Trump has a commanding lead in the polls. The criticism of having ties to the establishment is an unusual one for Cruz -- who has portrayed himself as an outsider fighting against what he calls.

  5. Governor Cooper:

    We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it's unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.

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Translations for convention

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  • اتفاقيةArabic
  • конвенция, споразумение, конгрес, събраниеBulgarian
  • convencióCatalan, Valencian
  • sjezd, úmluva, konvenceCzech
  • Brauch, Abkommen, Kongress, Konvention, Vereinbarung, Versammlung, SitteGerman
  • convenio, costumbre, convención, tratadoSpanish
  • اجلاس, جلسه, توافق‌نامه, توافق, قرارداد, عرف, پیمان, معاهده, مجمعPersian
  • konventio, sopimus, kokous, käytäntö, edustajakokous, kokoontuminenFinnish
  • conventionFrench
  • còmhdhailScottish Gaelic
  • אמנה, שיטה רשמית, מוסכמה, כנסHebrew
  • konvencióHungarian
  • convenzioneItalian
  • コンベンションJapanese
  • អនុសញ្ញាKhmer
  • konvensyenMalay
  • conventie, bijeenkomst, praktijk, overeenkomstDutch
  • ntsaago áłah aleehNavajo, Navaho
  • convençãoPortuguese
  • tratat, convenție, întrunireRomanian
  • договор, конвенция, собрание, съезд, конвент, соглашениеRussian
  • kuvendAlbanian
  • pagpupulongTagalog
  • antlaşma, âdet, toplantı, gelenek, kongre, kurultayTurkish
  • конвенціяUkrainian

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