- 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.
verb (used without object), con·fer·enced, con·fer·enc·ing.
Origin of conference
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?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Boehner was unanimously selected by the conference as its official nominee for speaker in the coming Congress.
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|Shane Harris|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Bill Sweetman|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The House accordingly took up the message, and also agreed to appoint a committee of conference.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The selection of Birmingham as the scene of the Conference of 1883 was a circumstance especially favourable to him.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
They had to have a conference, a board conference, because of Lee's curriculum from school.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The conference Avas made in a principal place of the town, in presence of a great multitude.The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)|John Dryden
He may tell you why this conference is being held and what the result will be.The Vanished Messenger|E. Phillips Oppenheim
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Word Origin for conference
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.