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Dictionary Definition

forum

Noun

1 a public meeting or assembly for open discussion
2 a public facility to meet for open discussion [syn: assembly, meeting place]
3 a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece [syn: agora, public square] [also: fora (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From forum.

Noun

  1. A place for discussion.
  2. A gathering for the purpose of discussion.
  3. A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.
  4. 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.

Usage notes

The English plural forums is preferred to the Latin plural fora in normal English usage.
  • Ref: Modern English Usage, 2nd Edition, ed. Sir Ernest Gowers, Oxford 1968 (article '-um', p.658).

Translations

A place for discussion
A gathering for the purpose of discussion
A form of discussion
An Internet message board

French

Etymology

  1. From forum.
  2. From forum.

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. forum
  2. forum (for Internet)

Italian

Noun

forum (plural: forum)
  1. forum (all meanings)

Latin

Noun

  1. market-/public place, forum

Inflection

Norwegian

forum (plural: fora or forum)
  1. A place for discussion, either on the Internet or in real life.

Extensive Definition

Forum may refer to:
in companies:
in shopping centres
in sport
in modern culture
in geography:
in economics and politics:

See also

forum in Arabic: منتدى
forum in Catalan: Fòrum (desambiguació)
forum in Czech: Fórum
forum in German: Forum
forum in French: Forum
forum in Galician: Foro
forum in Armenian: Ֆորում
forum in Croatian: Forum
forum in Italian: Forum
forum in Hebrew: פורום
forum in Latin: Forum
forum in Luxembourgish: Forum
forum in Lithuanian: Forumas
forum in Dutch: Forum
forum in Japanese: フォーラム
forum in Polish: Forum
forum in Portuguese: Fórum (desambiguação)
forum in Romanian: Forum (dezambiguizare)
forum in Russian: Форум
forum in Serbian: Форум
forum in Vietnamese: Forum
forum in Ukrainian: Форум
forum in Chinese: 论坛

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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