fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio) \
plural forums also fora\ ˈfȯr-​ə How to pronounce forum (audio) \

Definition of forum

1a : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business
b : a public meeting place for open discussion The club provides a forum for people interested in local history.
c : a medium (such 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.
Recent Examples on the Web McDow and her attorneys say that amounts to a violation of her free-speech rights because Reinbold was acting as a member of the state government, in a public forum, and discriminated against McDow because of her viewpoint. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 10 June 2022 The group held a public forum exploring the relationship between Russia and Ukraine in February. oregonlive, 4 June 2022 Wednesday's rulings mean that, at least for now, Gruden's lawsuit against the NFL will march onward in a public forum rather than behind closed doors in arbitration. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 The transactions are happening in a public online forum open to viewers almost anywhere on the planet. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Wright at a public forum in Little Rock last week was asked about diversity, equity and inclusion. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 27 Apr. 2022 But battles of ideas can never be won by those who refuse to fight them in a public forum. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 The tactic has been used in a few other states, including Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island, although typically the conversations are held in a public forum. Ginny Monk,, 5 Mar. 2022 In urging funding for police departments in such a public forum, Biden is clearly hoping that rank-and-file Democrats follow his lead in advance of the 2022 elections. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for forum

Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door

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26 Jun 2022

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“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio) \

Kids Definition of forum

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


fo·​rum | \ ˈfō-rəm How to pronounce forum (audio) \

Legal Definition of 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 exercisedNational Law Journal

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