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colloquium

[kuh-loh-kwee-uh m]
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noun, plural col·lo·qui·ums, col·lo·qui·a [kuh-loh-kwee-uh] /kəˈloʊ kwi ə/.
  1. a conference at which scholars or other experts present papers on, analyze, and discuss a specific topic.

Origin of colloquium

1600–10; < Latin, equivalent to colloqu(ī) (col- col-1 + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium
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Historical Examples

  • Nor are these Names by any Means more illustrious, than those we meet with in the Colloquium.

    An Essay on Criticism

    John Oldmixon


British Dictionary definitions for colloquium

colloquium

noun plural -quiums or -quia (-kwɪə)
  1. an informal gathering for discussion
  2. an academic seminar

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: conversation, conference, colloquy
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Word Origin and History for colloquium

n.

early 17c., "conversation, dialogue," from Latin colloquium "conversation" (see colloquy). Also as a legal term; meaning "meeting, assembly, conference, seminar" is attested from 1844.

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