- assembly or gathering; esp., a secret assembly.
2. 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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