- 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.
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.