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conclave (plural conclaves)
- The set of apartments within which the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are continuously secluded while engaged in choosing a pope.
- 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. — Robert South
- 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. — Thomas Babington Macaula
- To be in conclave: to be engaged in a secret meeting; -- said of several, or a considerable number of, persons.
set of apartments within which the cardinals are secluded
group of Roman Catholic cardinals
private and secret meeting
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conclave m (plural conclaves)
conclave m (plural conclavi)
Third declension neuter "pure" i-stem.