conference

noun
con·fer·ence | \ ˈkän-f(ə-)rən(t)s , -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 \ : 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 \ 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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The league is broken up into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The USL And Hartford's New Pro Soccer Team," 12 July 2018 Chief Executive Tim Cook, who travels regularly to the country, last year spoke at a major Chinese government conference, around the time Apple announced investment in two research-and-development centers in Shanghai and Suzhou. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Sets $300 Million Clean Energy Fund for China Amid Trade Tensions," 12 July 2018 So LeBron James finally leaves the NBA East and there is relieved cheering and merriment across the conference, like when the Munchkins of Oz were finally rid of the scourge of the domineering Wicked Witch. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 The document, meant to spur action at the 2015 Paris climate conference, called for a paradigm shift in humanity's relationship with Mother Nature. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, "Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage," 6 July 2018 The document, meant to spur action at the 2015 Paris climate conference, called for a paradigm shift in humanity's relationship with Mother Nature. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage," 6 July 2018 All-conference: Senior Olivia Brackett was second-team all-league. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Mohawk memories: A yearbook for McAuley High School athletics in 2017-2018," 6 July 2018 She is scheduled for an Aug. 10 pretrial conference, according to online jail records. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "Ariz. Baby and Toddler Found Dead in Car Seats Perished from Heat, Autopsies Say — as Mom Remains Jailed," 4 July 2018 Photograph by David Paul Morris — Bloomberg via Getty Images San Francisco has no shortage of business conferences, from product releases to industry summits to multi-day multinational medical gatherings. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Medical Convention Cancels on San Francisco Because Its Streets Are So Distressing," 2 July 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

: 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 , -frəns \

Kids Definition of conference

: a meeting for discussion or exchange of opinions

conference

noun
con·fer·ence | \ ˈkän-frəns, -fə-rəns \

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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