Definition of symposium
symposiaplay \-zē-ə, -zh(ē-)ə\ or
1a : a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music and conversationb : a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas
2a : a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics — compare colloquiumb : a collection of opinions on a subject; especially : one published by a periodicalc : discussion
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Examples of symposium in a Sentence
Professors and graduate students attended the symposium.
recently attended a daylong symposium on new methods of chromatography
Recent Examples of symposium from the Web
As proof, Thielman posted a screenshot of a video to Twitter, in which Abe gives a keynote address in English at a 2014 coastal resilience symposium.
The first part of the symposium will be divided into two areas.
In a June symposium about the trials, Baker spoke about the volatile political and social climate in Salem in the 1790s.
A variety of options will be available, such as visits to galleries, studios, museums, historic landmarks and a symposium focused on the island’s LGBTQ history.
A break in the team’s schedule allowed for Gaines to jet across the country, solely to hear Vaccaro speak on the rising discussion of amateurism and the NCAA at the Harvard Sports Law Symposium in 2011.
Joe and Katy Kindred, the owners of Kindred in Davidson, spent months searching for ideas for a dinner for the Southern Foodways summer symposium, El Sur Latino.
In 2012, fire safety experts invited green building representatives to a symposium in Chicago.
The symposium is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
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Did You Know?
It was drinking more than thinking that drew people to the original symposia and that gave us the word symposium. The ancient Greeks would often follow a banquet with a drinking party they called a "symposion." That name came from "sympinein," a verb that combines pinein, meaning "to drink," with the prefix syn-, meaning "together." Originally, English speakers only used "symposium" to refer to such an ancient Greek party, but in the 18th century British gentlemen's clubs started using the word for gatherings in which intellectual conversation was fueled by drinking. By the 19th century, "symposium" had gained the more sober sense we know today, describing meetings in which the focus is more on the exchange of ideas and less on imbibing.
SYMPOSIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symposium for English Language Learners
: a formal meeting at which experts discuss a particular topic
: a collection of articles on a particular subject
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