from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business.
  • n. A public meeting place for open discussion.
  • n. A medium for open discussion or voicing of ideas, such as a newspaper, a radio or television program, or a website.
  • n. A public meeting or presentation involving a discussion usually among experts and often including audience participation.
  • n. A court of law; a tribunal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place for discussion.
  • n. A gathering for the purpose of discussion.
  • n. A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.
  • n. An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A market place or public place in Rome, where causes were judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people.
  • n. A tribunal; a court; an assembly empowered to hear and decide causes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity the market-place of a city.
  • n. Hence A tribunal; a court; any assembly empowered to hear and decide causes

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public facility to meet for open discussion
  • n. a public meeting or assembly for open discussion


Middle English, from Latin; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin forum ("public market place”, “forum"). (Wiktionary)



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