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symposium

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noun sym·po·sium \sim-ˈpō-zē-əm also -zh(ē-)əm\

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  1. Professors and graduate students attended the symposium.

  2. <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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