Simple Definition of forum
: a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
: a place or opportunity for discussing a subject
: a large public place in an ancient Roman city that was used as the center of business
Full Definition of forum
plural forums also fo·ra play \-ə\
1 a : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business b : a public meeting place for open discussion c : a medium (as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
2 : a judicial body or assembly : court
3 a : a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion b : a program (as on radio or television) involving discussion of a problem usually by several authorities
Examples of forum
Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.
The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.
The club provides a forum for people who share an interest in local history.
Origin of forum
Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door
First Known Use: 15th century
FORUM Defined for Kids
Definition of forum
1 : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business
2 : a place or opportunity for discussion
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up forum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).