Definitions for Symposiumsɪmˈpoʊ zi əm; -zi ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sym•po•si•umsɪmˈpoʊ zi əm; -zi ə(n.)(pl.)-si•ums, -si•a
a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, esp. a meeting at which several speakers discuss a topic before an audience.
a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.
(in ancient Greece) a drinking party following the evening meal, attended only by men, and typically featuring songs, games, and entertainment by hired performers. such a party as the frame for a literary work that purports to be a record of the guests' conversation.
Category: Antiquities, Ancient History
Origin of symposium:
1580–90; < L < Gk sympósion <sympótēs drinking companion ( sym- sym - +po-, s. of pinein to drink)
a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.
(in ancient Greece) A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.
Origin: From syn + pino.
a drinking together; a merry feast
a collection of short essays by different authors on a common topic; -- so called from the appellation given to the philosophical dialogue by the Greeks