forum

noun
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 Here are some of the questions and responses, edited only for length, from Tuesday night’s forum. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Candidates seeking Mount Airy Town Council seat discuss issues at forum," 31 Mar. 2021 The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens. TIME.com, "2021 Kid Reporter Contest Rules," 29 Mar. 2021 Blumenthal convened the 90-minute forum in response to the rise in hate crimes in Connecticut and around the nation. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Connecticut leaders press for legislative action to address rise in hate crimes," 29 Mar. 2021 Kweilin Ellingrud, a senior partner with McKinsey, will lead the forum’s inclusive economy discussion. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "D-FW executives plan session to promote diversity, equality and inclusion," 28 Mar. 2021 The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world's major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. Ellen Knickmeyer And Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks," 27 Mar. 2021 The church was built in imitation of Charlemagne's court chapel, on a foundation of pillars left over from the city's Roman forum. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing Croatia's Quiet Kornati Islands, a Place of Beauty and Resilience," 26 Mar. 2021 The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. Ellen Knickmeyer And Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks," 26 Mar. 2021 The president is seeking to revive a U.S.-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used and Donald Trump let languish. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden invites Russia and China to first global climate talks of his administration," 26 Mar. 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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3 Apr 2021

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“Forum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forum. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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forum

noun

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

forum

noun
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

forum

noun
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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