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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Recent Examples on the Web Over the last few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Big 12 reportedly eyeing late July timetable to make decision on football, other fall sports," 10 July 2020 Over the last few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season. Mark Heim |, al, "John Swofford sets ACC’s timetable on return to competition," 10 July 2020 Read on for the day's news, and look to this space for more coverage of our conference. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Digital health needs to survive beyond the pandemic," 8 July 2020 At its developer conference last week, Apple announced an upgrade to Arcade, adding multiuser support for the Apple TV box and a feature that lets users pick up game progress on another device. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Cancels Some Arcade Games in Strategy Shift To Keep Subscribers," 1 July 2020 Apple debuted the trailer for the extravagant sci-fi series at its developers conference on June 22. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Apple is hoping “Foundation” can be its “Game of Thrones”," 27 June 2020 These two were the dominant quarterbacks of their conference for the better part of two decades and part of one of the best rivalries ever. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Could Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow be as good as these NFL quarterback rivalries from the last 20 years?," 26 June 2020 As has become tradition, the company detailed the new software at WWDC, its annual developer conference. Samuel Axon And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Apple takes the wraps off iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at WWDC 2020," 22 June 2020 Scrutiny of Apple’s App Store policies heats up as the company heads into its annual software conference. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp's New Email App to Trash," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of conference was in 1527

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21 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce conference (audio)

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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