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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Recent Examples on the Web The philosophers Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke have proposed the useful phrase moral grandstanding to describe what happens when people use moral talk to enhance their prestige in a public forum. Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, "Why It Feels Like Everything Is Going Haywire," 12 Nov. 2019 Instead of paying $2/month, players mostly just ranted about the changes on niche forums. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 Over the last decade there has been a proliferation of Russia-Africa bilateral committees, economic forums, and conferences for economic coordination. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Vladimir Putin is resetting Russia’s Africa agenda to counter the US and China," 21 Oct. 2019 Skip to main content The topic of guns at school came up Tuesday, Oct. 8, at a forum between Megan Dahle and Elizabeth Betancourt in the Assembly District 1 special election. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "California is about to have the most women in its legislature in state history," 17 Oct. 2019 An open public forum is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Tomball ISD Staff Development Center, 1302 Keefer Rd. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball ISD develops zoning plans for new schools," 17 Oct. 2019 Eady will join other 2019-20 award winners at a forum in Indianapolis in March to network and exchange ideas with state and federal leaders on the future of education. al, "Alabama biology teacher Raisa Eady wins $25,000, ‘Oscar of education'," 9 Oct. 2019 Warren did just that at an LGBTQ forum a day after our sit-down. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "15 Minutes With Elizabeth Warren," 23 Sep. 2019 Apparent victories in public forums can get beaten back in subsequent bureaucratic battles. The Economist, "Island states have had an outsized influence on climate policy," 19 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of forum was in the 15th century

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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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