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1 a large formal assembly; "political convention"
2 something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors" [syn: normal, pattern, rule, formula]
3 (diplomacy) an international agreement
4 orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional [syn: conventionality, conventionalism] [ant: unconventionality]
5 the act of convening [syn: convening]

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  • /ˌkənˈvɛnʃən/|/ˈkɒnˌvɛnʃən/ /%k@n"vEnS@n/|/"kQn%vEnS@n/ a UK


  1. A meeting or a gathering.
    The convention was held in Geneva.
  2. A generally accepted method or behaviour.
    The convention of driving on the right is reinforced by law.

Usage notes

Often with "by", by convention.

Related terms


a meeting or a gathering
A protocol; a preferred method of accomplishing a task



  • IPA: /kɔ̃.vɑ̃.sjɔ̃/
  • SAMPA: /kO~.vA~.sjO~/


  1. Political meeting:
    La convention sur l'avenir de l'Europe.
  1. standardisation choice:
    Par convention, le courant va du plus vers le moins.

Extensive Definition

convention in Czech: Konvent
convention in German: Konvent
convention in Spanish: Convención
convention in French: Convention
convention in Indonesian: Konvensi
convention in Italian: Convenzione
convention in Lithuanian: Konvencija
convention in Japanese: コンベンション
convention in Polish: Konwent
convention in Portuguese: Convenção

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Council of Nicaea, Council of Trent, Lateran Council, NATO, SEATO, Vatican Council, accord, agreement, alliance, amenities, arrangement, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, audience, ball, bargain, bargaining, bargaining session, bienseance, binding agreement, bon ton, bond, brawl, canon, capitulation, cartel, caucus, chapter, civilities, civility, classis, code, collective agreement, colloquium, comity, commandment, commission, committee, compact, conciliarism, conclave, concord, concordat, concourse, confab, confabulation, conference, conformity, confrontation, congregation, congress, consistory, consortium, constitutional convention, consuetude, consultation, contract, convenance, conventicle, conventional usage, conventionalism, conventionality, convocation, correctness, council, council fire, council of war, county convention, courtliness, covenant, covenant of salt, custom, dance, date, deal, decencies, decency, decorousness, decorum, dicker, dictum, diet, diocesan conference, diplomatic code, discussion, ecclesiastical council, ecumenical council, eisteddfod, elegance, elegancies, employment contract, entente, entente cordiale, established way, etiquette, exchange of views, exquisite manners, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, fashion, festivity, fete, folkway, forgathering, form, formal agreement, formalities, formality, formula, forum, gathering, general principle, get-together, golden rule, good form, good manners, guideline, guiding principle, haute couture, high fashion, high-level talk, housewarming, huddle, imperative, interchange of views, international agreement, interview, ironclad agreement, law, league, legal agreement, legal contract, levee, manner, manners, maxim, meet, meeting, mitzvah, mode, moral, mores, mutual agreement, mutual-defense treaty, national convention, natural politeness, negotiations, news conference, nominating convention, nonaggression pact, norm, observance, ordinance, pact, paction, palaver, panel, parley, parochial church council, parochial council, party, plenary council, plenum, point of etiquette, politeness, politesse, political convention, pourparler, powwow, practice, praxis, precept, preliminary convention, presbytery, prescription, press conference, prevailing taste, principium, principle, prom, promise, proper thing, proprieties, propriety, protocol, punctilio, quadrennial circus, quiet good manners, quorum, rally, reception, regulation, rendezvous, ritual, rubric, rule, rules of conduct, seance, seemliness, seminar, session, settled principle, shindig, sit-in, sitting, social code, social conduct, social convention, social graces, social procedures, social usage, soiree, standard, standard behavior, standard usage, standing custom, state convention, stipulation, stream of fashion, style, summit, summit conference, summitry, swim, symposium, synod, tenet, time-honored practice, tradition, transaction, treaty, trend, turnout, understanding, union contract, usage, use, valid contract, vestry, vogue, wage contract, way, what is done, wont, wonting, working principle, working rule
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