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conclave n : a confidential or secret meeting

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French from conclave, a room that may be locked up; con- + clavis'' key. See clavicle


  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 group of Roman Catholic cardinals locked in a conclave until they elect a new pope; 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. — William Macaulay

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  • To be in conclave: to be engaged in a secret meeting; -- said of several, or a considerable number of, persons.

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