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conclave (noun) a private meeting.
A conclave is a meeting which is attended only by those belonging to a particular group. Others are not allowed to attend the conclave. A conclave of party officials, for example, is a meeting, attended only by the party officials to discuss important matters. A conclave is a meeting of cardinals (the highest religious functionaries of the Roman Catholic Church) to elect a pope from among them.
- A conclave of the leaders of the industry resolved to express their protest against the new export policy announced by the government.
- Meeting in a conclave, the members of the federation took some decisions, one of which was to support the AIDS research fund by donating a million dollars to the fund.