noun fo·rum \ˈfr-əm\

: 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

plural forums also fo·ra \-ə\

Full Definition of FORUM

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
:  a judicial body or assembly :  court
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

  1. Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.
  2. The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.
  3. 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

Other Broadcasting Terms

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Rhymes with FORUM

FORUMS Defined for Kids


noun fo·rum \ˈfr-əm\

Definition of FORUM for Kids

:  the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business
:  a place or opportunity for discussion


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