Definition of forum in English:

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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3 (plural fora /ˈfôrə/) (In an ancient Roman city) a public square or marketplace used for judicial and other business.
public meeting place, marketplace, agora


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.

  • forest from Middle English:

    You would not necessarily link forest and foreign, but they have the same Latin root. Forest came via French from the Latin phrase forestis silva, literally ‘wood outside’, from foris ‘out of doors, outside’ and silva ‘a wood’. The first word moved into English and became our ‘forest’. In early use forest had a special legal sense. It was an area, usually belonging to the king, that was intended for hunting, a mixture of woodland, heath, scrub, and farmland not as thickly wooded as forests today. It had its own forest laws, and officers appointed to enforce them. The New Forest in Hampshire was reserved as Crown property by William the Conqueror in 1079 as a royal hunting area, and still has its own rules and officers, or verderers (mid 16th century), a word that comes from Latin viridis, ‘green’—compare the expression greenwood (Middle English). Forfeit (Middle English) which originally meant ‘a crime or offence’, with the meaning of a fine or penalty developing from this, is also from foris, as are forum, literally ‘what is out of doors’ in Latin, but used to mean ‘market place’ and then ‘meeting place’. Forensic (mid 17th century) comes from Latin forensis ‘in open court, public’, from forum. Because we so often hear the expression forensic science in the context of solving a mystery, it is sometimes forgotten that the term means the application of medical knowledge to support the law.

Words that rhyme with forum

cockalorum, decorum, jorum, Karakoram, Karakorum, Mizoram, pons asinorum, quorum

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Syllabification: fo·rum

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