forum

noun
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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Others who attended the community forum were concerned that the development plans would bring increased traffic to the neighborhood around the Elkins Estate. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Will a boutique hotel and spa open at Cheltenham's Elkins Estate? Developer in talks to buy the property for $6 million," 2 July 2018 More than 200 students from the Sacramento area are expected to participate in the forum, which will include a writing workshop and discussion with Thomas, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member, according to a news release. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "An NBA legend and the Kings will hold a forum for over 200 Sacramento-area youths," 29 June 2018 DiMasi’s detailed responses to that and other questions seem to go over well with the 200 party activists who attended the forum. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Physicist hopes the evidence is clear in bid for New York congressional seat," 20 June 2018 Gail Reisman, a retired gerontologist and Toronto native who lives in Representative Dana Rohrabacher’s district, said after attending a candidate forum Tuesday. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Go All-Out to Avoid Disaster in California House Races," 26 May 2018 Gail Reisman, a retired gerontologist and Toronto native who lives in Representative Dana Rohrabacher’s district, said after attending a candidate forum Tuesday. Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats go all-out to avoid disaster in California House races," 26 May 2018 Jaffe was unable to attend the forum live because of a Jewish holiday. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "Zurawik: First TV debate with Democratic candidates for governor reveals more than you might expect," 22 May 2018 Utilizing someone’s interactions without their consent for one’s own entertainment — let alone to amuse thousands of strangers in a public forum — can do untold harm. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Problem With "Plane Bae" and Using Strangers for Entertainment," 11 July 2018 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

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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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forum

noun

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

forum

noun
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

forum

noun
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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