- a meeting for consultation or discussion: a conference between a student and his adviser.
- the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, especially on an important or serious matter.
- Government. a meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.
- an association of athletic teams; league: an intercollegiate conference.
- an official assembly of clergy or of clergy and laity, customary in many Christian denominations.
- a group of churches whose representatives regularly meet in such an assembly.
- to hold or participate in a conference or series of conferences.
Origin of conference
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Examples from the Web for conference
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Boehner was unanimously selected by the conference as its official nominee for speaker in the coming Congress.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
Just this year we sponsored the Reaching Out MBA Conference and in that conference I introduced my fiancé to everybody.
Certainly some of those attending the conference had experience walking that line in the past.Pro-Palestinian Group Lectured On Skirting Terror Laws
December 5, 2014
At a conference in London the following week, a senior retired U.S. Air Force commander pooh-poohed counterstealth efforts.How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets
December 2, 2014
“What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.The Secret Agent
Long was the conference, and sleepless the couch, of Mr. and Mrs. Morton.Night and Morning, Complete
He had just left a conference of high officers, and he came upon a mission.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He managed the conference with his usual consummate dexterity.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
She stopped in the roadway, as if to put an end to the conference.Little Dorrit
- a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, esp one with a formal agenda
- a formal meeting of two or more states, political groups, etc, esp to discuss differences or formulate common policy
- an assembly of the clergy or of clergy and laity of any of certain Protestant Christian Churches acting as representatives of their denominationthe Methodist conference
- sport a league or division of clubs or teams
- rare an act of bestowal
Word Origin and History for conference
1550s, "act of conferring," from Middle French conférence (15c.), from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferens, present participle of conferre (see confer). Meaning "formal meeting for consultation" is from 1580s.