convention Definition

  • 1a way in which something is usually done, especially within a particular area or activity
  • 2a large meeting of the members of a profession, a political party, or fans of a particular activity or performer

Using convention: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "convention" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's a convention to shake hands when you meet someone.

  • Example

    The convention center is hosting a trade show this week.

  • Example

    The political party held its annual convention last month.

  • Example

    I met my favorite author at a science fiction convention.

convention Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using convention

  • in session or assembled as a group


    The delegates were in convention for three days.

  • a city that is known for hosting large conventions or conferences


    Las Vegas is a popular convention city because of its many hotels and conference centers.

  • a person who regularly attends conventions or conferences


    As a convention goer, she has made many friends in the industry.

Phrases with convention

  • the generally accepted belief or opinion about something


    The conventional wisdom is that you should drink eight glasses of water a day.

  • a software design paradigm that seeks to decrease the number of decisions that developers need to make by providing a set of conventions for the project


    Convention over configuration allows developers to focus on the business logic of their application instead of spending time on configuration.

  • an action or behavior that goes against the usual or expected way of doing things


    Her decision to quit her job and travel the world was a broken convention.

Origins of convention

from Latin 'conventio', meaning 'a coming together'


Summary: convention in Brief

The term 'convention' [kənˈvɛnʃən] refers to a usual way of doing things, often within a specific context or activity. It can also refer to a large gathering of professionals, political parties, or fans of a particular activity or performer. Examples include shaking hands when meeting someone and attending a science fiction convention. Idioms include 'in convention,' referring to being in session or assembled as a group, and 'convention city,' referring to a city known for hosting large conventions or conferences.

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