Definitions for Symposiumsɪmˈpoʊ zi əm; -zi ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sym•po•si•umsɪmˈpoʊ zi əm; -zi ə(n.)(pl.)-si•ums, -si•a

  1. a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, esp. a meeting at which several speakers discuss a topic before an audience.

  2. a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.

  3. (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)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. symposium(noun)

    a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations


  1. symposium(Noun)

    A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.

  2. symposium(Noun)

    (in ancient Greece) A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.

  3. Origin: From syn + pino.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symposium(noun)

    a drinking together; a merry feast

  2. Symposium(noun)

    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


  1. Symposium

    In ancient Greece, the symposium was a drinking party. Literary works that describe or take place at a symposium include two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium, as well as a number of Greek poems such as the elegies of Theognis of Megara. Symposia are depicted in Greek and Etruscan art that shows similar scenes. The equivalent in Roman society is the Latin convivium.


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