Definitions for FORUMˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm; ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fo•rumˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm; ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr ə(n.)(pl.)fo•rums, fo•ra

  1. the marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and place of assembly.

    Category: Ancient History, Antiquities

  2. a court; tribunal.

  3. a meeting place for discussion of matters of public interest or a means through which such discussion can be conducted, as a newspaper. a public meeting or assembly for such discussion. a discussion of a public issue or other serious topic by a select group, as of experts or specialists, esp. a radio or television broadcast for this purpose.

Origin of forum:

1425–75; late ME < L: marketplace, public place

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forum(noun)

    a public meeting or assembly for open discussion

  2. forum, assembly, meeting place(noun)

    a public facility to meet for open discussion

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. forum(noun)ˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm

    a place or website where a subject can be discussed

    an Internet forum; an international forum on globalization


  1. forum(Noun)

    A place for discussion.

  2. forum(Noun)

    A gathering for the purpose of discussion.

  3. forum(Noun)

    A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.

  4. forum(Noun)

    An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion.

    Trish was an admin member on three forums, and had no trouble at all when it came to moderating them.

  5. Origin: From forum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forum(noun)

    a market place or public place in Rome, where causes were judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people

  2. Forum(noun)

    a tribunal; a court; an assembly empowered to hear and decide causes


  1. Forum

    A forum was a public square in a Roman municipium, or any civitas, reserved primarily for the vending of goods; i.e., a marketplace, along with the buildings used for shops and the stoas used for open stalls. Many forums were constructed at remote locations along a road by the magistrate responsible for the road, in which case the forum was the only settlement at the site and had its own name, such as Forum Popili or Forum Livi.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. forum

    A safety-valve for letting out superfluous air. _E. g._, "Let the Forum always be open to the people, and let the treasury always be open to us."--From Titus Livy's _Psychology of the First Contractor_.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. forum

    [Usenet, GEnie, CI$; pl. fora or forums] Any discussion group accessible through a dial-in BBS, a mailing list, or a newsgroup (see the network). A forum functions much like a bulletin board; users submit postings for all to read and discussion ensues. Contrast real-time chat via talk mode or point-to-point personal email.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FORUM' in Nouns Frequency: #1901

Translations for FORUM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


any public place in which discussions take place, speeches are made etc

In modern times the television studio is as much a forum for public opinion as the market-places of ancient Rome used to be.

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