colloquium

noun col·lo·qui·um \ kə-ˈlō-kwē-əm \
Updated on: 8 Mar 2018

Definition of colloquium

plural colloquiums or -quia play \kə-ˈlō-kwē-ə\
: 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.

Origin and Etymology of colloquium

Latin, colloquy

Law Dictionary

colloquium

noun col·lo·qui·um \ kə-ˈlō-kwē-əm \

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

Origin and Etymology of colloquium

Latin, talk, discussion, from colloqui to converse

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