Meaning of convention

con•ven•tion

Pronunciation: (kun-ven'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a meeting or formal assembly, as of representatives or delegates, for discussion of and action on particular matters of common concern.
  2. a representative party assembly to nominate candidates and adopt platforms and party rules.
  3. an agreement, compact, or contract.
  4. an international agreement, esp. one dealing with a specific matter, as postal service or copyright.
  5. a rule, method, or practice established by usage; custom: the convention of showing north at the top of a map.
  6. general agreement or consent; accepted usage, esp. as a standard of procedure.
  7. conventionalism.
  8. any of a variety of established systems or methods of bidding or playing that allows partners to convey certain information about their hands.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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