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
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
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
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Examples of CONFERENCE
- The organization held its annual conference in New York this year.
- national conferences on women's health
- a conference of foreign ministers
- Our boss called a conference to discuss the new changes.
- He spent an hour in conference with the president.
- the champions of the American Football Conference
First Known Use of CONFERENCE
: a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions
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