noun con·fer·ence \ˈkän-f(ə-)rən(t)s, -fərn(t)s, for 2 usually kən-ˈfər-ən(t)s\

: a formal meeting in which many people gather in order to talk about ideas or problems related to a particular topic (such as medicine or business) usually for several days

: a formal meeting in which a small number of people talk about something

: a group of sports teams that play against each other and that are part of a larger league of teams

Full Definition of CONFERENCE

a :  a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern
b :  a usually formal interchange of views :  consultation
c :  a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature to adjust differences
d :  caucus
also con·fer·rence \kən-ˈfər-ən(t)s\ :  bestowal, conferment
a :  a representative assembly or administrative organization of a religious denomination
b :  a territorial division of a religious denomination
:  an association of athletic teams
con·fer·en·tial \ˌkän-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl\ adjective

Examples of CONFERENCE

  1. The organization held its annual conference in New York this year.
  2. national conferences on women's health
  3. a conference of foreign ministers
  4. Our boss called a conference to discuss the new changes.
  5. He spent an hour in conference with the president.
  6. the champions of the American Football Conference

First Known Use of CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE Defined for Kids


noun con·fer·ence \ˈkän-fə-rəns, -frəns\

Definition of CONFERENCE for Kids

:  a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions
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