fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio) \
plural forums also fora\ ˈfȯr-​ə How to pronounce forum (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 Yet this is the forum in which the next U.S. election may be decided. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Problem Is Facebook," 5 May 2021 But a public street, even a residential one, is a public forum, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Should protest occur near private homes?," 30 Apr. 2021 But jurisdictionally, Congress isn't the right forum for this. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "GOP lawmakers miscast Congress' counting of Biden's electoral win as a fact-finding mission. It isn't," 6 Jan. 2021 The public is encouraged to submit their questions prior to the forum by emailing them to, "Community Media Center to hold virtual Union Bridge Candidates Forum, questions sought," 24 Apr. 2021 Nearly $170 million is going to airports and another $210 million toward other transportation projects in the state, according to the policy forum. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Federal COVID relief coming to Wisconsin and its local governments totals $20 billion, new report says," 23 Apr. 2021 The forum financed a second London rally in July, coinciding with a visit by Mr. Trump. New York Times, "U.K. Far Right, Lifted by Trump, Now Turns to Russia," 23 Apr. 2021 The influential forum is usually attended by thousands of executives and political leaders, and on Tuesday included an address from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Michelle Toh And Shanshan Wang, CNN, "Protesters upstage Tesla at China's top auto show," 21 Apr. 2021 As more people wager on Dogecoin, R/Dogecoin is experiencing a spike in popularity, too, with the Reddit forum emerging as the latest virtual epicenter of a financial mania. Abram Brown, Forbes, "Dogecoin, Elon Musk—And The Latest Reddit Mania," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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