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[kuh-loh-kwee-uh m]
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.
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Origin of colloquium

1600–10; < Latin, equivalent to colloqu(ī) (col- col-1 + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium
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noun plural -quiums or -quia (-kwɪə)
  1. an informal gathering for discussion
  2. an academic seminar
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Word Origin

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


Latin plural of colloquium (q.v.).

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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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