forum

noun

fo·​rum ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio)
plural forums also fora ˈfȯr-ə How to pronounce forum (audio)
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of forum was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forum. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

forum

noun

fo·​rum ˈfōr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio)
ˈfȯr-
plural forums also fora -ə How to pronounce forum (audio)
1
: the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center of public business
2
: a means (as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
3
: a meeting or program involving discussion

Legal Definition

forum

noun

fo·​rum ˈfō-rəm How to pronounce forum (audio)
1
2
a
: 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 exercised National Law Journal

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