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 (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.]
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(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]
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 a private assembly; an assembly for conversation or social recreation; a soirée given by a learned society—Wilkes.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
He devotes one chapter, for instance, to the origin and social habits of an elitist Oxford/Cambridge in-group called the Conversaziones. The historian spends a remarkable amount of writing describing the sexual peccadilloes of the Apostles, as they called themselves.