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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web District 7′s highest-profile GOP candidates Army veteran Cory Mills, state Rep. Anthony Sabatini and former Navy SEAL Brady Duke didn’t participate in the forum Thursday. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 28 July 2022 The dumping costs to transfer the waste down the road was about $44 million, according to participants in a local radio forum that year. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2022 Topics discussed in the virtual Zoom forum ranged from affordable housing to helping employers find qualified job candidates, and from transportation and infrastructure projects to relieving residents’ child care burdens. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 If at the board meeting to adopt a rule change, a significant number of members in open forum oppose the rule, consider restarting the process and revisiting the idea in light of member input. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2022 And, at least as of a few days ago, the 750,000 records shared in the hacker forum were available for anyone to search through. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 6 July 2022 Last year, over 533 million Facebook users had their data published in a hacking forum after hackers scraped its data due to a vulnerability that has since been patched. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2022 The absence of American pressure diminishes the likelihood of criminal charges being pursued against anyone in any forum. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 5 July 2022 The unidentified hacker, who goes by the name ChinaDan, posted in an online forum last week that the database for sale included terabytes of information on 1 billion Chinese. John Liu,, 5 July 2022 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Forum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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