[ fawr-uhm, fohr-uhm ]
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noun,plural fo·rums, fo·ra [fawr-uh, fohr-uh]. /ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr ə/.
  1. 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.

  2. a court or tribunal: the forum of public opinion.

  1. an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.

  2. Also called online forum, internet forum, web forum . message board.

  3. the Forum, the forum in the ancient city of Rome.

Origin of forum

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin: “marketplace, public place,” akin to forīs, forās “outside,” foris door

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British Dictionary definitions for forum (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːrəm) /

nounplural -rums or -ra (-rə)
  1. a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest

  2. a medium for open discussion, such as a magazine

  1. a public meeting place for open discussion

  2. a court; tribunal

  3. (in South Africa) a pressure group of leaders or representatives, esp Black leaders or representatives

  4. (in ancient Italy) an open space, usually rectangular in shape, serving as a city's marketplace and centre of public business

Origin of forum

C15: from Latin: public place; related to Latin foris outside

British Dictionary definitions for Forum (2 of 2)


Forum Romanum

/ (rəʊˈmɑːnəm) /

  1. the Forum the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills

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