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

Examples of colloquium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to data compiled by CUNY professor Michael Yarbrough and undergraduates in his research colloquium, sixteen of these deaths were caused by COVID-19. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "The Pandemic Is the Time to Resurrect the Public University," 7 May 2020 During the NKC Economics colloquium, held in Cape Town in 2019, experts gave their suggested solutions for government to put the country on the mend. Norma Young, Quartz Africa, "A misguided attempt by FW de Klerk to reframe apartheid’s impact damages his legacy," 25 Feb. 2020 Cascone writes that DiQuinzio used this money to organize a three-day colloquium for female curators and museum leaders in April 2018. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "Fifty U.S. Museums Champion Feminist Art Ahead of 2020 Election," 6 Nov. 2019 Anne Ellegood, a colloquium participant and director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, says to artnet News. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "Fifty U.S. Museums Champion Feminist Art Ahead of 2020 Election," 6 Nov. 2019 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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“Colloquium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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