from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A religious meeting, especially a secret or illegal one, such as those held by Dissenters in England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- n. The place where such a meeting is held.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a secret, unauthorized or illegal religious meeting
- n. the place where such a meeting is held
- n. a Quaker meetinghouse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.
- n. An assembly for religious worship; esp., such an assembly held privately, as in times of persecution, by Nonconformists or Dissenters in England, or by Covenanters in Scotland; -- often used opprobriously, as if those assembled were heretics or schismatics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An assembly or gathering; especially, a secret or unauthorized gathering for the purpose of religious worship.
- n. Specifically In Great Britain, a meeting of dissenters from the established church for religious worship.
- n. A building in which religious meetings or conventicles are held.
- n. Connection; following; party.
- To belong to or meet in a conventicle; practise the holding of conventicles for religious worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a building for religious assembly (especially Nonconformists, e.g., Quakers)
- n. a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship
Middle English, from Latin conventiculum, meeting, diminutive of conventus, assembly; see convent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)