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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Almost immediately, Democratic and liberal groups began digging through his social media and through videos from candidate forums. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Republicans pull endorsement of New Jersey candidate, citing ‘bigotry’," 9 July 2018 More details: NKY Medicaid forum: Able-bodied must job train or volunteer More: Want to keep Medicaid? Chris Mayhew,, "A federal judge will decide whether Ky. Medicaid work rules start July 1 in NKY," 28 June 2018 Fred Navarro said additional math forums would be held throughout the summer to collect public input. Priscella Vega,, "Parents’ concerns halt Newport-Mesa plans for changing middle school math courses; more public input sought," 27 June 2018 There were extremely strong individual designers that had their own form and their own forum. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 Word of the forthcoming beer was circulated earlier this week on several craft beer websites and forums, after the label filings were first reported Monday by the blog Tenemu., "Harpoon and Dunkin’ Donuts are planning to release a beer this fall," 13 July 2018 Change is on the minds these days of a lot of young people — in Michigan and beyond — who have turned to voter registration drives, rallies, political forums and other means of activism in an effort to ensure their voices are being heard. Lori Higgins And Janea Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan student activists take on voter registration, gun violence," 12 July 2018 Cherokee County invites residents to two forums to review the draft 2018 Update to the Cherokee County Comprehensive Plan, which the county describes as its roadmap for future development. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee sets forums on draft plan update," 12 July 2018 Almost immediately, Democratic and liberal groups began digging through his social media and through videos from candidate forums. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 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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