conference

noun
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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On March 8, informative conferences, lively rallies, and powerful art exhibits occur in honor of women. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why International Women's Day Is Celebrated on March 8," 28 Feb. 2019 Also involved are two officials from the U.S. conference, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, according to a Vatican statement. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: 'Monster' Florence could bring historic flooding; McConnell warns GOP faces midterm 'knife fight'," 12 Sep. 2018 The central room of the lounge features a soaring ceiling, while a pair of rooms off to the side open up the space for cocktail parties and conferences, with access to a terrace as well. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Futuristic lounge is clad head to toe in pink marble," 26 July 2018 For the 43rd time on Saturday night, the New England Revolution will take on the visiting LA Galaxy in a renewal one of Major League Soccer’s oldest cross-conference rivalries. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Galaxy of stars await Revolution," 14 July 2018 Mizzou, which first announced this series with the Utes in June 2017, has not yet released its full non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou basketball’s home game against the Utah Utes has been rescheduled," 12 July 2018 Microsoft once rolled out new Windows 10 feature releases with splashy press conferences and lengthy sessions at its Build developer conference. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 The top two seeds in each conference get byes but the Colts and Texans have spent time looking better than any of those teams. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Two NFL Teams Nobody Wants to Play Are Playing Each Other," 5 Jan. 2019 The group operated in the shadows for two years until August, when Taha Karim, a researcher at security firm DarkMatter, profiled it at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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conference

noun

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

conference

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

Kids Definition of conference

: a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions

conference

noun
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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