conclave

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French from Latin conclave (room that may be locked up), from con- (combining form of cum (with) + clāvis (key)).

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Noun[edit]

conclave (plural conclaves)

  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. — Robert 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. — Thomas Babington Macaula

Derived terms[edit]

  • in conclave: engaged in a secret meeting; said of a group of people.

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Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

conclave m (plural conclaves)

  1. conclave

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Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

conclave m (plural conclavi)

  1. conclave

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From con- +‎ clāve, ablative form of clāvis (key).

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Noun[edit]

conclāve n (genitive conclāvis); third declension

  1. room, chamber
  2. enclosed space that can be locked
  3. dining hall

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter "pure" i-stem.

Number Singular Plural
nominative conclāve conclāvia
genitive conclāvis conclāvium
dative conclāvī conclāvibus
accusative conclāve conclāvia
ablative conclāvī conclāvibus
vocative conclāve conclāvia

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