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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.

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. President Putin:

    Well, let's take St. Petersburg Economic Forum, for instance, there were over 500 American businessmen, high-ranking, high-level ones. I don't even remember the last names of each and every one of them. Well, do you remember -- do you think that we try to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them ? Well, it's difficult to imagine an utter nonsense of a bigger scale than this. Well, please, just disregard these issues and don't think about this anymore again.

  2. Patrick Register:

    I imagine most candidates wouldn’t want to do it because all of a sudden you’re going to have to explain why you have a Tinder profile. i have this forum that’s letting women of no filter — every age, race background, family, no family — I’m able to have these back and forth, one-on-one conversations and I’m getting amazing things.

  3. Ravi Shankar:

    A private company sitting in America should refrain from lecturing us on democracy when you are denying your users the right to effective redressal forum.

  4. Raul Madrid:

    It's one thing for them to meet it's an international forum and shake hands politely, it's another thing for them to be seen actually talking to each other at length, having some kind of negotiations, trying to work something out.

  5. New York:

    We all can stipulate that there is not going to be a large new Green New Deal package that becomes law this year, but this is going to be the forum for a big politically-charged debate over what the priorities are, whether the two parties think that climate change is real, and what we should do about it.

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