- The definition of a forum is a place or a method for discussion.
An example of a forum is an online message board.
An online message board is an example of a forum.
nounpl. forums or fora
- the public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city or town, where legal and political business was conducted
- a law court; tribunal
- an assembly, place, radio program, etc. for the discussion of public matters or current questions
- an opportunity for open discussion
Origin of forumClassical Latin area out-of-doors, marketplace, origin, originally uncertain or unknown; perhaps area with board fence ; from forus, board ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhoros: see bar
nounpl. fo·rums also fo·ra
- a. The public square or marketplace of an ancient Roman city that was the assembly place for judicial activity and public business.b. A public meeting place for open discussion.c. A medium for open discussion or voicing of ideas, such as a newspaper, a radio or television program, or a website.
- A public meeting or presentation involving a discussion usually among experts and often including audience participation.
- a. An area of legal authority; a jurisdiction.b. A court of law or tribunal.
Origin of forumMiddle English, from Latin; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.
(plural forums or fora)
- A place for discussion.
- A gathering for the purpose of discussion.
- A form of discussion involving a panel of presenters and often participation by members of the audience.
- (Internet) An Internet message board where users can post messages regarding one or more topics of discussion.
- Trish was an admin member on three forums, and had no trouble at all when it came to moderating them.
- (in a Roman town) a square or marketplace used for public business and commerce.
The English plural forums is preferred to the Latin plural fora in normal English usage.
- Ref: Modern English Usage, 2nd Edition, ed. Sir Ernest Gowers, Oxford 1968 (article '-um', p.658).
- Also, "The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style," by Bryan A. Garner. Berkley Books, 2000, (p. 156).
- conforaneous (rare)
From Latin forum (“public market place”, “forum”).
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