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 Guillermo del Toro and Thierry Fremaux on Wednesday resumed their colloquium on the future of cinema with leading filmmakers. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 May 2022 At the Princeton colloquium, in Stevenson Hall, Abbey sat in a large upholstered armchair, his long legs stretched out, his look dark and handsome, his cowboy boots showing wear. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 In addition to Cage, cut-up writer William Burroughs, experimental playwright Richard Foreman and underground filmmaker Jack Smith all attended the colloquium. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Nov. 2019 He was permitted to return to CWRU in 2009 for a colloquium. Karen Farkas,, 26 Feb. 2018 See More

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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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“Colloquium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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