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

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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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Pence is due to talk just minutes after an address to the forum by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns," 13 Nov. 2018 Some users took to forums to speculate that Apple did this deliberately because these kinds of filters are popular in one of its largest markets (China) and in social messaging apps like Snapchat. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple says glossy iPhone XS selfies were a bug, promises a fix in iOS 12.1," 24 Oct. 2018 In one, photos of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in an underground bunker was posted to an online forum. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Israeli Troops Caught Posting Pictures of Classified Hardware," 1 Aug. 2018 About 100 people showed up to a community forum at Verrado on Monday evening filled with anger, tears, insults and allegations. Kaila White, azcentral, "Scandal on school bus sparks fury at Verrado High in Buckeye," 3 July 2018 In many ways, the event was similar to any campaign forum, whether hosted by the League of Women Voters or a VFW chapter. Maria Cramer,, "At unusual forum, candidates for DA seek support of inmates," 26 June 2018 The academy is also under fire for contravening its own conflict of interest regulations by providing funding to the cultural forum run by Arnault and his wife Katarina Frostenson, an academy member until two months ago. Zahra Ullah And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Man at center of Nobel Prize sexual harassment scandal charged with rape," 12 June 2018 That follows a recent pattern of not sending high-level officials to the three-day forum that begins Friday, in an apparent attempt to deflect attention from China and its moves to shore up its claims to virtually the entire South China Sea. Fox News, "China dispatches low-level official to security conference," 1 June 2018 The message contained a screenshot of a post on the forum, a popular Star Wars collector website. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019

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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 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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