[kon-fer-uhns, -fruhns]
a meeting for consultation or discussion: a conference between a student and his adviser.
the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, especially on an important or serious matter.
Government. a meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.
an association of athletic teams; league: an intercollegiate conference.
an official assembly of clergy or of clergy and laity, customary in many Christian denominations.
a group of churches whose representatives regularly meet in such an assembly.
verb (used without object), conferenced, conferencing.
to hold or participate in a conference or series of conferences.

1530–40; < Medieval Latin conferentia. See confer, -ence

conferential [kon-fuh-ren-shuhl] , adjective
preconference, noun
subconference, noun
subconferential, adjective

1. parley, colloquium. See convention. Unabridged
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conference (ˈkɒnfərəns, -frəns)
1.  a meeting for consultation, exchange of information, or discussion, esp one with a formal agenda
2.  a formal meeting of two or more states, political groups, etc, esp to discuss differences or formulate common policy
3.  an assembly of the clergy or of clergy and laity of any of certain Protestant Christian Churches acting as representatives of their denomination: the Methodist conference
4.  sport a league or division of clubs or teams
5.  rare an act of bestowal
[C16: from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferre to bring together; see confer]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, "act of conferring," from Fr. conférence (16c.), from M.L. conferentia, from conferre (see confer). Meaning "formal meeting for consultation" is from 1580s.
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Example sentences
Because of the current flux, now is a good time to bring rationality to the
  conference alignments.
Scuttlebutt from that conference has already started fueling speculation about
  how important this new dinosaur might be.
We got together in a conference room and discussed it.
The droll conference room meeting of yore is a thing of the past.
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