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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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 Such a forum would conveniently rope in China, as well as Britain and France. The Economist, "Three’s a crowd Donald Trump wants China to join a nuclear-weapons pact," 23 May 2020 To find a novel science objective for Hope's upcoming mission, EMM scientists consulted the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), a forum created by NASA to plan explorations of Mars. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "UAE's Hope Probe prepares for launch to Mars," 19 May 2020 There was never a neutral forum in which her story could be heard. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "‘Believe Women’ Was Always a Bad Slogan," 14 May 2020 At least seven borrowers posted about the issue on a page on Bank of America’s website that its customers can use as a discussion forum. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Senators Question Lower Relief Loan Amounts for Small Businesses," 13 May 2020 Bright told industry representatives at a recent BIO forum. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "This tiny federal agency was built to respond to a crisis like coronavirus. Now that it’s here, is BARDA ready?," 6 Apr. 2020 In October, Giffords and the March for Our Lives hosted a forum with the 2020 Democratic candidates, showing how much society had changed: For the first time, presidential candidates were competing to appear the strongest on gun reform. Malavika Kannan,, "How Youth Of Color Are Reimagining The Anti-Gun Violence Movement," 24 Mar. 2020 According to the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, the group materialized in 2016 out of a white supremacist forum. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Four alleged neo-Nazis accused of sending journalists threatening posters," 26 Feb. 2020 Newport's lawyer said while a forum is required under law, it is meant as more of a public comment time. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's first charter school application again rejected, this time by state board," 25 Feb. 2020

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

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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