An example of a symposium is a discussion on Shakespeare's later comedies.
nounpl. -·si·ums or -·sia
- in ancient Greece, a drinking party at which there was intellectual conversation
- any meeting or social gathering at which ideas are freely exchanged
- a conference organized for the discussion of some particular subject
- a collection of opinions, esp. a published group of essays, on a given subject
Origin of symposiumClassical Latin from Classical Greek symposion from syn-, together + posis, a drinking from Indo-European base an unverified form p?-, to drink from source Classical Latin potio
nounpl. sym·po·si·ums, or sym·po·si·a
- A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
- A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
- A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.
Origin of symposiumLatin drinking party from Greek sumposion sun- syn- posis drinking ; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(plural symposiums or symposia)
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€ÏŒÏƒÎ¹Î¿Î½ (sumposion, “drinking party") from ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€Î¯Î½Ï‰ (sumpinÅ, “drink together") ÏƒÏ…Î½- (sun-, “together-") + Ï€Î¯Î½Ï‰ (pinÅ, “drink").