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[kuh-loh-kwee-uh m] /kəˈloʊ kwi əm/
noun, plural colloquiums, colloquia
[kuh-loh-kwee-uh] /kəˈloʊ kwi ə/ (Show IPA)
a conference at which scholars or other experts present papers on, analyze, and discuss a specific topic.
Origin of colloquium
1600-10; < Latin, equivalent to colloqu(ī) (col- col-1 + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium Unabridged
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for colloquium


noun (pl) -quiums, -quia (-kwɪə)
an informal gathering for discussion
an academic seminar
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: conversation, conference, colloquy
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Word Origin and History for colloquium

early 17c., "conversation, dialogue," from Latin colloquium "conversation" (see colloquy). Also as a legal term; meaning "meeting, assembly, conference, seminar" is attested from 1844.

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