newsgroup


news·group

noun \-ˌgrüp\

: a place on the Internet where people can talk about a particular subject by reading and leaving messages

Full Definition of NEWSGROUP

:  an electronic bulletin board on the Internet that is devoted to a particular topic

Examples of NEWSGROUP

  1. I posted a message to a gardening newsgroup.

First Known Use of NEWSGROUP

1983

newsgroup

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Internet forum for discussion of specific subjects. Newsgroups are organized into subjects (e.g., automobiles); each typically has several subgroups (e.g., classic cars, Formula One racing cars). A person starts a threaded discussion by “posting” (uploading) an article; the follow-up replies (including replies to replies) comprise the discussion. A newsgroup name usually consists of an abbreviation (e.g., “rec” for the recreation newsgroup) followed by subgroup names separated by dots (e.g., “rec.music.jazz”). Viewing and posting messages requires a news reader, a program that connects the user to an Internet news server. Most newsgroups are connected via Usenet, a worldwide network that uses the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP). See also bulletin-board system.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: newshawk
Previous Word in the Dictionary: newsgirl
All Words Near: newsgroup

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up newsgroup? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More