(kŏn′vər-sät′sē-ō′nē, kōn′vĕr-sä-tsyō′nĕ)
n. pl. con·ver·sa·zi·o·nes or con·ver·sa·zi·o·ni (-nē)
A meeting for conversation or discussion, especially about art.

[Italian, from Latin conversātiō, conversātiōn-, dealings with persons, from conversātus, past participle of conversārī, to associate with; see converse1.]


(konversatˈtsjone; English ˌkɒnvəˌsætsɪˈəʊnɪ)
n, pl -zioni (-ˈtsjoni) , -ziones (English -tsɪˈəʊniːz)
1. (Art Terms) a social gathering for discussion of the arts, literature, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a social gathering for discussion of the arts, literature, etc
[C18: literally: conversation]


 a private assembly; an assembly for conversation or social recreation; a soirée given by a learned society—Wilkes.
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The meanest mathematician in Spaceland will readily believe me when I assert that the problems of life, which present themselves to the well-educated -- when they are themselves in motion, rotating, advancing or retreating, and at the same time attempting to discriminate by the sense of sight between a number of Polygons of high rank moving in different directions, as for example in a ball-room or conversazione -- must be of a nature to task the angularity of the most intellectual, and amply justify the rich endowments of the Learned Professors of Geometry, both Static and Kinetic, in the illustrious University of Wentbridge, where the Science and Art of Sight Recognition are regularly taught to large classes of the ELITE of the States.
Beebe, who loved the art of the past, was reminded of a favourite theme, the Santa Conversazione, in which people who care for one another are painted chatting together about noble things--a theme neither sensual nor sensational, and therefore ignored by the art of to-day.
I'm too detached to talk scandal, and yet at scientific conversaziones I HAVE heard something of Challenger, for he is one of those men whom nobody can ignore.
7d: 'Public Notices: Conversazione, Tonight', Dundee Courier & At;tvis.
Conversazione con Massimiliano Fuksas sulla chiesa di Foligno, ed altro (Roma, April 17, 2009), accessed April 25, 2013, http://www .
Cosi in una scena in cui il Signor An sta parlando con le sue due nuore e, in modo non conforme all'etichetta del tempo, insiste perche si siedano, il cantastorie sospetta che la frase sia stata inserita dall'autore, che deve aver ritenuto che le due donne, con quei loro piedini, a rimanere in piedi fino alla fine della conversazione ne avrebbero di sicuro risentito (EYZ XXXIII 521-522).
He and his wife were active in their support of good causes, such as performing in a conversazione for the Birmingham Young Men's Christian Association and in a benefit concert for the Jaffray Hospital.
In Europe, Cloar saw examples of the sacra conversazione, in which holy figures confer in a heavenly realm outside of time and space.
Sacchini's "Dalla solitudine della villa alla conversazione della citta.
Filled with color plates of the best quality, this book is also an excellent case study of the sacra conversazione motif in Early Renaissance Italian painting.