noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin convention-, conventio, from convenire Date: 15th century 1. a. agreement, contract b. an agreement between states for regulation of matters affecting all of them c. a compact between opposing commanders especially concerning prisoner exchange or armistice d. a general agreement about basic principles or procedures; also a principle or procedure accepted as true or correct by convention 2. a. the summoning or convening of an assembly b. an assembly of persons met for a common purpose; especially a meeting of the delegates of a political party for the purpose of formulating a platform and selecting candidates for office c. the usually state or national organization of a religious denomination 3. a. usage or custom especially in social matters b. a rule of conduct or behavior c. a practice in bidding or playing that conveys information between partners in a card game (as bridge) d. an established technique, practice, or device (as in literature or the theater)

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