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

: a formal meeting at which experts discuss a particular topic

: a collection of articles on a particular subject

plural sym·po·sia\-zē-ə, -zh(ē-)ə\ or sym·po·siums

Full Definition of SYMPOSIUM

a :  a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music and conversation
b :  a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas
a :  a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics — compare colloquium
b :  a collection of opinions on a subject; especially :  one published by a periodical
c :  discussion

Examples of SYMPOSIUM

  1. Professors and graduate students attended the symposium.
  2. <recently attended a daylong symposium on new methods of chromatography>


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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