Simple Definition of symposium
: a formal meeting at which experts discuss a particular topic
: a collection of articles on a particular subject
Full Definition of symposium
plural sym·po·siaplay \-zē-ə, -zh(ē-)ə\ or sym·po·siums
1a : a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music and conversationb : a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas
2a : a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics — compare colloquiumb : a collection of opinions on a subject; especially : one published by a periodicalc : discussion
Examples of symposium
Professors and graduate students attended the symposium.
<recently attended a daylong symposium on new methods of chromatography>
Origin of symposium
Latin, from Greek symposion, from sympinein to drink together, from syn- + pinein to drink — more at potable
First Known Use: 1711
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