or meet-up

[ meet-uhp ]
/ ˈmitˌʌp /


a meeting, especially a regular meeting of people who share a particular interest and have connected with each other through a social-networking website: a meetup for new moms in the neighborhood; a meetup to plan the trip.



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Origin of meetup

2000-05; meet1 + up, popularized by Meetup, name of a website Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020


What does meetup mean?

A meetup is an organized gathering of people, especially a regular meeting of people who share a common interest or hobby. It is usually initiated and arranged through a social network or website. Meet up (without the hyphen) is a phrasal verb meaning to meet, as in Let’s meet up at the restaurant. The term meetup as a noun was popularized by the website, which helps people organize such events. Example: After I moved here from the Midwest, I met most of my friends at an anime meetup.

Where does meetup come from?

As a verb, meet up is recorded in English at least as far back as the 1880s. It wasn’t until the 2000s that it started to be used as a noun in the form of meetup, thanks in large part to and the in-person meetings of people that it made it easier to organize. Meetups are typically planned in advance but are casual in nature. The idea is usually to get people together in real life who otherwise haven’t met or who don’t usually have a chance to meet—like members of online communities or people with niche (very specific) interests. Meetups are almost always organized online through social networks or other websites. Most often, the point of a meetup is just socialization and fun, but they can take many forms.

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What are some other forms of meetup?

  • meet-up (alternate spelling)
  • meet up (verb)
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How is meetup used in real life?

A meetup is a popular way for people with shared interests or experiences to get together, such as people who have a specific breed of dog or women who are in the tech industry. Or it could just be some friends who’ve planned to hang out.


Try using meetup!

Is meetup used correctly in the following sentence? Someone finally organized a meetup for the film discussion forum I’m a member of!

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