Definition of forum in English:


Syllabification: fo·rum
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrəm

noun (plural forums)

  • 1A place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged: it will be a forum for consumers to exchange their views on medical research
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    • With an inclusive membership it has provided a forum for the exchange of views on a broad range of issues.
    • Theatre does matter: it is a forum for ideas and discussion within a community.
    • The senate, we are told, is a forum for reflective debate on key issues.
    meeting, assembly, gathering, rally, conference, seminar, convention, symposium, colloquium, caucus
    informal get-together
    formal colloquy
    setting, place, scene, context, stage, framework, backdrop; medium, means, apparatus, auspices
  • 1.1An Internet site where users can post comments about a particular issue or topic and reply to other users' postings; a message board.
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    • Explicit indication of posters originating IP addresses is a rare feature on Internet forums.
    • In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the forums.
    • The Parallels Desktop beta is available for download through the Parallels Desktop for Mac online forum.
  • 2chiefly North American A court or tribunal.
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    • Nobody would therefore have an absolute right to choose which Court would be the forum for the determination of any disputes.
    • As the order was a Final Order the appropriate forum is the Court of Appeal.
    • He does not like the Courts as the final forum for the resolution of disputes.


late Middle English (sense 3): from Latin, literally 'what is out of doors', originally denoting an enclosure surrounding a house; related to fores '(outside) door'. sense 1 dates from the mid 18th century.

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