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. Hillary Clinton:

    We all know about that other convention happening up in Cleveland, but this is where I’d rather be, i’d rather be right here with you.

  2. Though Sanders:

    I assume that one of these years that vote count will be completed, in Iowa they have a complicated system and there's a realignment vote -- we're winning that one as well. We're going to have an equal number of delegates from Iowa going to the national convention.

  3. Greg Guma:

    This is a campaign that will go all the way to the convention He (Bernie Sanders) will stay in this race even if she is mathematically winning. He will influence what is in the platform and what Clinton says at the convention.

  4. Tom Lundstrum:

    If I'm elected to go to the convention, I will represent Ted Cruz on behalf of the people of Arkansas who voted for him. And if I am a Cruz delegate, I will not change my ballot until I'm told by Ted Cruz that he's releasing his delegates, if it comes to that, i don't know at this point what would induce me to vote for (Trump) or (Kasich) -- if that's who it comes down to, I would have to give some serious consideration to the fact that Donald Trump won the plurality of Arkansas delegates.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    Ultimately, everyone knows, he's going to have to endorse, but I think he played it well by saying, after his initial hesitation, ‘I'm not ready, I need to talk about this,’ saying he's willing to step down if Trump asks him to step down as chairman of the convention.

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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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