- 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 Words for forumconference, symposium, gathering, seminar, convention, framework, agency, venue, mechanism, assembly, conclave, congress, convocation, congregation, colloquium, council, rally, medium, apparatus, means
Examples from the Web for forum
Contemporary Examples of forum
After his death, Jackson tried to speak up for her friend on a Facebook forum.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
This is a forum for the voices defining the global struggle for justice.Quorum: Global LGBT Voices
December 10, 2014
Chris Brown announced onstage at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday night.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy
December 7, 2014
There were a number of people who could have convened a forum of Charter 77, or meetings with other, smaller opposition groups.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
These posts are still available in archives that are only viewable to privileged members of the forum.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of forum
The three stones were set up to keep chariots out of the forum.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
It is the modern substitute for the forum of the old Roman town.The Farmer and His Community
This forum of the people was shaded by a sextette of well-grown elms.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Forum, the place of general assembly in a Roman city, as the Agora was in a Greek.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
"Thou shalt burn in the Forum for this," spluttered the Judge.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- 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
Word Origin for forum
- the Forum the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills
- an internet discussion forum
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.