1. The act of calling or assembling by summons.
2. An assembly or meeting.
In the first day there shall be a holy convocation. --Ex. xii. 16.
3. Ch. of Eng. An assembly of the clergy, by their representatives, to consult on ecclesiastical affairs.
Note: ☞ In England, the provinces of Canterbury and York have each their convocation, but no session for business were allowed from 1717 to 1861. The Convocation of Canterbury consists of two houses. In the Convocation of York the business has been generally conducted in one assembly.
4. Oxf. University An academical assembly, in which the business of the university is transacted.
Syn: -- meeting; assembly; congregation; congress; diet; convention; synod; council.
n 1: a group gathered in response to a summons
2: the act of convoking [syn: calling together]
a meeting of a religious character as distinguished from
congregation, which was more general, dealing with political and
legal matters. Hence it is called an "holy convocation." Such
convocations were the Sabbaths (Lev. 23:2, 3), the Passover (Ex.
12:16; Lev. 23:7, 8; Num. 28:25), Pentecost (Lev. 23:21), the
feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24; Num. 29:1), the feast of Weeks
(Num. 28:26), and the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:35, 36). The
great fast, the annual day of atonement, was "the holy
convocation" (Lev. 23:27; Num. 29:7).