From Middle English covent, from Anglo-Norman covent, cuvent, from Old French covent, from Latin conventum, from convenio, from cum (“with”) and venio (“I come”). Doublet of convent.
coven (plural covens)
- A formal group or assembly of witches.
- A clique that shares common interests or activities.
- 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 12
- “This is a very African area”, he said as they maneuvered their way among the covens of menacing children gathered in the halls.
formal group or assembly of witches