fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm \
plural forums also fora\ ˈfȯr-​ə \

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

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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.
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Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou attends an investment forum in Moscow in 2014. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Huawei CFO Case Hinges on an Offshore Puzzle," 10 Dec. 2018 At last week’s Olympism in Action forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the focus was on sustainability. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 Rodriguez stood with Cuevas' father, Freddy Cuevas, and Mickens' parents at the State of the Union in January and sat alongside Trump and King at a gang violence forum in May on Long Island. Michael R. Sisak, Fox News, "Mother of suspected MS-13 victim remembered as 'warrior'," 21 Sep. 2018 Scott Olson/Getty Images On Thursday, Iowa Rep. Steve King took questions from members of the public at the Greater Des Moines Partnership forum. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Someone asked Steve King about his ideology at a forum. King called security.," 1 Nov. 2018 For example, The Irish Sun reports that a distressed mother turned to the parenting forum Mumsnet to seek advice about what to do with her 6-year-old daughter, who hates her leg hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mom Shares Story of 6-Year-Old Daughter Wanting to Remove Her Body Hair," 1 Oct. 2018 The full forum will air live on WUWM-FM and be livestreamed on,,, and Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker and Tony Evers duel in billboards ahead of Democratic debate," 12 July 2018 The forums are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Cherokee County Recreation Center, 7545 Main St., Woodstock. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee sets forums on draft plan update," 12 July 2018 The next forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Gary Area Career Center at 6 p.m. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Resident at first Gary schools forum: 'Where do you come down in terms of obligations to the community?'," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of forum

: 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


fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm \

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 \

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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