colloquium

[kuh-loh-kwee-uhm]
noun, plural colloquiums, colloquia [kuh-loh-kwee-uh] .
a conference at which scholars or other experts present papers on, analyze, and discuss a specific topic.

Origin:
1600–10; < Latin, equivalent to colloqu(ī) (col- col-1 + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium

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colloquium (kəˈləʊkwɪəm)
 
n , pl -quiums, -quia
1.  an informal gathering for discussion
2.  an academic seminar
 
[C17: from Latin: conversation, conference, colloquy]

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colloquium
early 17c., "conversation, dialogue," from L. colloquium "conversation" (see colloquy). Also as a legal term; meaning "meeting, assembly, conference, seminar" is attested from 1844.
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But his opening statement with regard to our colloquium is problematic.
Cook, the college decided to sponsor such a colloquium.
They defend the work orally and much present one of the three in the department research colloquium.
It's a standard reference for anyone who is on a departmental colloquium committee.
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