con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-f(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce conference (audio) , -fərn(t)s, for sense 2 usually kən-ˈfər-ən(t)s\

Definition of conference

1a : a meeting of two or more persons for discussing matters of common concern The president is in conference with his advisers.
b : a usually formal interchange of views : consultation a conference on climate change
c : a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature to adjust differences
d : caucus
2 or less commonly conferrence \ kən-​ˈfər-​ən(t)s How to pronounce conferrence (audio) \ : bestowal, conferment the conference of academic degrees
3a : a representative assembly or administrative organization of a religious denomination
b : a territorial division of a religious denomination
4 : an association of athletic teams a football conference

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Other Words from conference

conferential \ ˌkän-​fə-​ˈren(t)-​shəl How to pronounce conferential (audio) \ adjective

Examples of conference in a Sentence

The organization held its annual conference in New York this year. national conferences on women's health a conference of foreign ministers Our boss called a conference to discuss the new changes. He spent an hour in conference with the president. the champions of the American Football Conference
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No to Bahrain, an economic conference that is intended to bring billions of dollars of investment. Brian Bennett, Time, "Read the Transcript of TIME's Interview With Benjamin Netanyahu," 13 July 2019 On Zoom conference calls across the US this week, brows furrowed as the news broke that the video conference company had a flaw in its backend that could give hackers access to people’s webcams. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families," 13 July 2019 Hand’s Matthew Doyle, who shot 77 in the conference championship, went on to medal at the Division II championship at 1-under 70. Joe Burns,, "The 2019 All-Courant boys golf team," 12 July 2019 Seemingly ever the expert on late additions, particularly via the transfer market, Altman suddenly finds himself with yet another talented squad that should compete for the conference crown., "Shakur Juiston, nation’s No. 3 immediately eligible transfer, commits to Oregon Ducks," 12 July 2019 Kayser said after Polis’ speech, adding that Polis’ record as a congressman from Boulder put him decidedly to the left of most conference attendees. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Democratic Gov. Jared Polis goes to the Western Conservative Summit – and gets denounced," 12 July 2019 No realignment coming Realignment talk has cooled in recent years after a spate of conference jumping. Nick Moyle,, "Big 12 expansion? Yes on digital content but no on adding teams," 15 July 2019 Episcopal, Houston Christian John Cooper, Kinkaid and Director’s Cup winner St. John’s combined for all but four of the 24 conference championships contested. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Kinkaid key contributor to local SPC dominance in 2018-19," 15 July 2019 And as soon as the video ended, the main event started with conference commissioner Greg Sankey noting that, in 40 days, football would begin again with a new season. Sam Blum |,, "Breaking down what SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said at SEC Media Days," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of conference

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conference

see confer

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English Language Learners Definition of conference

: a formal meeting in which many people gather in order to talk about ideas or problems related to a particular topic (such as medicine or business) usually for several days
: a formal meeting in which a small number of people talk about something
US : a group of sports teams that play against each other and that are part of a larger league of teams


con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-fə-rəns How to pronounce conference (audio) , -frəns\

Kids Definition of conference

: a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions


con·​fer·​ence | \ ˈkän-frəns, -fə-rəns How to pronounce conference (audio) \

Legal Definition of conference

1 : a meeting for consultation, deliberation, discussion, or interchange of opinions a conference on environmental law — see also judicial conference, pretrial conference
2 : a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature especially to adjust differences in the provisions of a bill passed in different forms by the two branches also : conference committee
3 : caucus

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