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 public can view the photos during the Zoom forum and, later, through Whitney Plantation's Instagram feed. Jessica Fender,, "1968 protests in St. John Parish recalled in photos collected at Whitney Plantation Museum," 4 Aug. 2020 Thirty-one hours later, a Reddit user named TrumpBeatsHillary wrote a post on the forum page /r/The_Donald. Robert Peck, Wired, "The Hate-Fueled Rise of r/The_Donald—and Its Epic Takedown," 3 Aug. 2020 The two candidates are scheduled to meet for a virtual candidate forum on Tuesday as part of FarmFest. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies," 2 Aug. 2020 Under the district’s current plan, all students will learn online for several weeks, with the first day of in-person classes scheduled for Sept. 3. Parents who rallied outside spoke during a public forum at the school board meeting. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Despite changing state guidelines, Frisco ISD maintains plan for online start to school year," 30 July 2020 Updated with forum reports that the fix requires a hardware swap. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell quietly fixes charging issues with some XPS 17 9700 laptops," 30 July 2020 For plant music enthusiasts who prefer a DIY approach, the online forum Electricity for Progress lays out the fundamentals for making your own biodata sonification device. Elisia Guerena, Popular Mechanics, "The Plants That Make Music," 12 July 2020 On the forum, Neff has also expressed bigoted views. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum," 10 July 2020 Reddit on Monday also closed down a controversial subreddit supporting Trump on Monday after years of complaints about language glorifying violence and misogyny on the forum. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Streaming site Twitch suspends Trump’s account for ‘hateful’ comments," 29 June 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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12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 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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