from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
- n. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
- n. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.
- n. A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A drinking together; a merry feast.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drinking together; a compotation; a merry feast; a convivial meeting.
- n. Hence, in a loose use, any collection of opinions, as of commentators on a disputed passage; in a recent use, a collection of short articles, as in a magazine, by several writers, on various aspects of a given topic: as, a symposium on the Indian question.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek syn ("together") + pino ("drink"). (Wiktionary)