- a plural of forum.
- the marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and a place of assembly for the people.
- a court or tribunal: the forum of public opinion.
- an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.
- Also called online forum, Internet forum, Web forum. message board.
- the Forum, the forum in the ancient city of Rome.
Origin of forum
- a website or section of a website that is used for public discussion of a specific topic and on which users can submit or read messages: You should post your questions on a parenting message board and get support from other parents.
- an online discussion group that is maintained on such a website: To participate in the message board, you must be a registered user.
Related Wordsconference, symposium, gathering, seminar, convention, framework, agency, venue, mechanism, assembly, conclave, congress, convocation, congregation, colloquium, council, rally, medium, apparatus, means
Examples from the Web for fora
For the fora at Rome, see Rome: Archaeology, and works quoted.
The name of Fora was given to places where the people assembled for the transaction of business.Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker
Of the edifices and monuments which adorned the fora, only a slight sketch can be given here.
France does not claim me fora citizen; neither do I set up any claim of citizenship in France.The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III.
Hald hjam alond jow wåldich biste vm ra wither honk to fora.The Oera Linda Book
- a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest
- a medium for open discussion, such as a magazine
- a public meeting place for open discussion
- a court; tribunal
- (in South Africa) a pressure group of leaders or representatives, esp Black leaders or representatives
- (in ancient Italy) an open space, usually rectangular in shape, serving as a city's marketplace and centre of public business
- the Forum the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills
- an internet discussion forum
Word Origin and History for fora
mid-15c., "place of assembly in ancient Rome," from Latin forum "marketplace, open space, public place," apparently akin to foris, foras "out of doors, outside," from PIE root *dhwer- (see door). Sense of "assembly, place for public discussion" first recorded 1680s.