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Definitions for Forum
ˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm; ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr əfo·rum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forumnoun

    a public meeting or assembly for open discussion

  2. forum, assembly, meeting placenoun

    a public facility to meet for open discussion


  1. forumnoun

    A place for discussion.

  2. forumnoun

    A gathering for the purpose of discussion.

  3. forumnoun

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

  4. forumnoun

    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. Etymology: From forum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORUMnoun

    Any publick place.

    Etymology: Latin.

    The forum was a publick place in Rome, where lawyers and orators made their speeches before the proper judge in matters of property, or in criminal cases, to accuse or excuse, to complain or defend. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Close to the bay great Neptune’s fane adjoins,
    And near a forum flank’d with marble shines,
    Where the bold youth, the num’rous fleets to store,
    Shape the broad sail, or smooth the taper oar. Alexander Pope.


  1. forum

    A forum is a public meeting place or platform for open discussion or expression of ideas. It can refer to a physical location, such as a town meeting or community gathering, or a digital platform, like a message board or social networking site, where users communicate about specific topics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forumnoun

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

  2. Forumnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [L.; akin to foris, foras, out of doors. See Foreign.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forum

    fō′rum, n. a market-place, esp. the market-place in Rome, where public business was transacted and justice dispensed: the courts of law as opposed to the Parliament. [L., akin to foras, out of doors.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. forum

    A location for discussion.

    The forum for debate was used respectfully and responsibly.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Forum in a Sentence

  1. Steve Bertolino:

    It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Gabby Petitos fiancé Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to Gabby Petito actual demise, the FBI is focusing on locating Gabby Petitos fiancé Brian Laundrie and when The FBI occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.

  2. Judge Daniel Collins:

    California’s forced closure of their private schools implicates a right that has long been considered fundamental under the applicable caselaw—the right of parents to control their children’s education and to choose their children’s educational forum.

  3. Bob Goodlatte:

    When Bob Goodlatte have a public hearing, each member of Congress gets five minutes to ask questions. Following all of the work by the inspector general and House Judiciary Committee and the people we've interviewed, we have hundreds of questions to ask him and House Judiciary Committee's not an appropriate forum to do House Judiciary Committee in a public setting like that.

  4. Anne Cori:

    It had nothing to do with that, it was about the management of Eagle Forum. Sometimes things just don’t work out.

  5. Jared Kushner:

    If we feel like there is a good-faith chance or a desire on their side to come with a counter-proposal, we'll figure out the right forum to engage in it to bring about a solution.

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