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 forum was held indoors at a hotel, with very few attendees wearing masks. Josh Wingrove,, "Trump Calls Into Pennsylvania Event, Urges Overturning Election," 25 Nov. 2020 The first-time forum quickly emerged as the crisis management cockpit for presidents and prime ministers. Washington Post, "Trump could be a no-show at virtual G-20 as coronavirus ravages the globe," 20 Nov. 2020 About two dozen people attended the forum on Zoom or YouTube with all members of the clergy voicing opposition while a majority of residents were supportive of the resolution. Steven Goode,, "A ‘racial justice issue’: Bloomfield residents, religious leaders, elected officials weigh cannabis legalization," 20 Nov. 2020 The ministerial is being hosted this year by Poland, although the coronavirus pandemic spurred a decision to hold the forum virtually. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "China will replace concentration camps with high-tech oppression, US diplomat warns," 17 Nov. 2020 The forum offered one more suggestion that appeared to work. Aaron Peter, Wired, "I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!," 15 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration, which quit the Geneva forum in June 2018 accusing it of an anti-Israel bias, defended U.S. policies. NBC News, "U.S. criticized for police brutality, racism at U.N. rights review," 10 Nov. 2020 Group members exchanged ideas and advice for being a female executive, and a forum like this was a rare opportunity at that time. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Evelyn Laux has 'never done much I didn’t want to do' as an advocate and volunteer," 8 Nov. 2020 The next forum for climate action will likely be in pandemic stimulus measures. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "What Biden’s win changes for Americans, China, and the environment," 7 Nov. 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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28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 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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