- The definition of a symposium is a meeting, discussion or conference about a particular topic.
An example of a symposium is a discussion on Shakespeare's later comedies.
symposium definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek symposion ; from syn-, together plush posis, a drinking ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pō-, to drink from source Classical Latin potio
symposium definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. 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: Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.