col·​lo·​qui·​um | \ kə-ˈlō-kwē-əm How to pronounce colloquium (audio) \
plural colloquiums or colloquia\ kə-​ˈlō-​kwē-​ə How to pronounce colloquia (audio) \

Definition of colloquium

: a usually academic meeting at which specialists deliver addresses on a topic or on related topics and then answer questions relating to them … a nine-session scholar-led colloquium to introduce teachers to literary texts by and about minorities …— Bruce Fraser

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A colloquy is a conversation, and especially an important, high-level discussion. Colloquy and colloquium once meant the same thing, though today colloquium always refers to a conference. Because of its old "conversation" meaning, however, a colloquium is a type of conference with important question-and-answer periods.

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He was permitted to return to CWRU in 2009 for a colloquium. Karen Farkas,, "Physicist Lawrence Krauss had access restricted at Case Western Reserve University in 2009 after sexual harassment accusation, BuzzFeed reports," 26 Feb. 2018 PhD candidate Christine Nittrouer and a team did a survey of 50 top U.S. universities and analyzed the colloquium speakers from the biology, bioengineering, political science, history, psychology, and sociology departments. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Ta-Nehisi Coates Quits Twitter," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of colloquium

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colloquium

Latin, colloquy

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The first known use of colloquium was in 1844

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col·​lo·​qui·​um | \ kə-ˈlō-kwē-əm How to pronounce colloquium (audio) \

Legal Definition of colloquium

: the part of a complaint for defamation in which the plaintiff avers that the defamatory remarks related to him or her

History and Etymology for colloquium

Latin, talk, discussion, from colloqui to converse

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