Symposium definition

sĭm-pōzē-əm
A conference organized for the discussion of some particular subject.
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A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
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Any meeting or social gathering at which ideas are freely exchanged.
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A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
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A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.
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In ancient Greece, a drinking party at which there was intellectual conversation.
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A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.
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(in ancient Greece) A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.
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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.

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A collection of opinions, esp. a published group of essays, on a given subject.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
symposium
Plural:
symposia, symposiums

Origin of symposium

  • Latin drinking party from Greek sumposion sun- syn- posis drinking pō(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek συμπόσιον (sumposion, “drinking party") from συμπίνω (sumpinō, “drink together") συν- (sun-, “together-") + πίνω (pinō, “drink").

    From Wiktionary