9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[fawr-uh m, fohr-uh m] /ˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm/
noun, plural forums, fora
[fawr-uh, fohr-uh] /ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr ə/ (Show IPA)
the marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city, the center of judicial and business affairs and a place of assembly for the people.
a court or tribunal:
the forum of public opinion.
an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.
Also called online forum, Internet forum, Web forum. message board.
the Forum, the forum in the ancient city of Rome.
Origin of forum
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin: marketplace, public place, akin to forīs, forās outside, foris door
Can be confused
form, forum (see synonym study at form) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for forum
  • The forum has been too much taken over to hysterics, paranoids, and boodlers on all sides.
  • It's a growing symptom of a deeper social problem that is better discussed in another forum.
  • Read our accompanying essay and add your thoughts to our forum.
  • They see social reform as the product of deals made in a central forum among diverse pressure groups.
  • The forum would have both near-term and long-term objectives.
  • Some organizers fear it will deteriorate further without their central forum.
  • They did not get my name from this discussion forum.
  • What thoughtful responses, reminiscent of forum posts of old.
  • Sarcasm, irony, even nuanced arguments etc do not translate well to this kind of forum.
  • It's also a lively forum for new ideas and a commemoration of the vitality of the art community.
British Dictionary definitions for forum


noun (pl) -rums, -ra (-rə)
a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest
a medium for open discussion, such as a magazine
a public meeting place for open discussion
a court; tribunal
(in South Africa) a pressure group of leaders or representatives, esp Black leaders or representatives
(in ancient Italy) an open space, usually rectangular in shape, serving as a city's marketplace and centre of public business
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: public place; related to Latin foris outside


the Forum, the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for forum

mid-15c., "place of assembly in ancient Rome," from Latin forum "marketplace, open space, public place," apparently akin to foris, foras "out of doors, outside," from PIE root *dhwer- (see door). Sense of "assembly, place for public discussion" first recorded 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
forum in Technology

(Plural "fora" or "forums") Any discussion group accessible through a dial-in BBS (e.g. GEnie, CI$), a mailing list, or a Usenet newsgroup (see network, the). A forum functions much like a bulletin board; users submit postings for all to read and discussion ensues.
Contrast real-time chat or point-to-point personal e-mail.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for forum

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for forum

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with forum