Definition of forum
1a : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public businessb : a public meeting place for open discussion <The club provides a forum for people interested in local history.>c : a medium (as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
2 : a judicial body or assembly : court
3a : a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion <The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.>b : a program (as on radio or television) involving discussion of a problem usually by several authorities
Examples of forum in a sentence
Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation.
The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.
The club provides a forum for people who share an interest in local history.
Origin and Etymology of forum
Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door
First Known Use: 15th century
FORUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forum for English Language Learners
: a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
: a place or opportunity for discussing a subject
: a large public place in an ancient Roman city that was used as the center of business
FORUM Defined for Kids
Definition of forum for Students
1 : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business
2 : a place or opportunity for discussion
Legal Definition of forum
1 : public forum
2a : a judicial body or assembly : court <allowed the defendant in a state court action to choose the federal forum by removing the case — M. H. Redish> b : the territorial jurisdiction of a court <due process requires defendant to have minimum level of contacts with forum before personal jurisdiction may be exercised — National Law Journal>
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