[kuh-loh-kwee-uh m]

noun, plural col·lo·qui·ums, col·lo·qui·a [kuh-loh-kwee-uh] /kəˈloʊ kwi ə/.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for colloquium

symposium, discussion, meeting, seminar

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Historical Examples of colloquium

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

British Dictionary definitions for colloquium


noun plural -quiums or -quia (-kwɪə)

an informal gathering for discussion
an academic seminar

Word Origin for colloquium

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

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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