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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All of the chats are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the conference room on the fourth floor of The Shops Downtown (next to the Kelsey Pharmacy) at 1200 McKinney St., Houston 77010. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Kelsey-Seybold hosting ‘Chat and Chew - All About Allergies’," 16 Sep. 2019 Yang recently sat down with Bloomberg in a cramped conference room in San Francisco to talk about his ideas., "Andrew Yang brings Silicon Valley’s upstart spirit to 2020 bid - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 During the first week of September, Hofstetter and nine other paramedics gathered in a conference room at AMR’s Clackamas headquarters for the daylong training session. oregonlive, "Portland-area paramedics learning self-defense to cope with new threat: the public," 13 Sep. 2019 Yang recently sat down with Bloomberg in a cramped conference room in San Francisco to talk about his ideas. Fortune, "Can Andrew Yang Win in 2020? Inside His Unorthodox Campaign," 12 Sep. 2019 Don't just rely on the standing desk Try walking with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Sit, stand, sit: The new science about how to best use your standing desk," 12 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, about two dozen nurses and doctors watched Bueso’s testimony from a conference room in the hospital. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Concord immigrant with rare disease makes plea to reinstate visa program," 11 Sep. 2019 Inside a sunny conference room on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., a small team of employees is describing how technology can save the world. Romesh Ratnesar/redmond, Time, "How Microsoft's Brad Smith is Trying to Restore Your Trust in Big Tech," 8 Sep. 2019 In the conference room, his trademark glyph was etched into a long glass table. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 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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