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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Defensive lineman James Lynch was the only defensive player to land on either the first or second team in the conference after leading the team in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (5.5). Matt Murschel,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 59 Baylor thriving under coach Matt Rhule," 28 June 2019 But a league source said that the Celtics will not make any moves that are based on the additions or subtractions of other teams in the conference. Adam Himmelsbach,, "From Kemba Walker to Kyrie Irving to Terry Rozier, here’s the latest on the Celtics," 27 June 2019 For the Big Ten, an eighth hockey member would be important for scheduling and visibility in a conference where the Chicago television market is clearly its epicenter. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, "Hockey at Illinois would be a win-win for Illini, Big Ten Conference," 26 June 2019 In Big East play, the Bulldogs were eighth in the conference. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "8 questions for Butler basketball's offseason," 26 June 2019 That move would give the AAC 11 member universities, and potentially create an open spot in the conference. Joseph Goodman |,, "UA BOT would support UAB’s push for new conference," 25 June 2019 Cal showing love for their now former coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, who exits with a 179-89 overall record at Cal (86-58 in conference). Tim Bielik,, "Social media reacts to Cavaliers’ hiring of Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach," 12 June 2019 The Vikings finished the year undefeated in the conference with an 8-0 record and wound up with an overall record of 11-2. Gary Curreri,, "St. Vincent Ferrer Vikings win back-to-back titles in boys hoops," 7 June 2019 Amazon is holding its first ever re:MARS conference in Las Vegas, dedicated to high tech themes like AI and robotics. James Vincent, The Verge, "Jeff Bezos interrupted by a protestor asking him to do something about chicken farms," 6 June 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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