symposium

[sim-poh-zee-uhm]
noun, plural symposiums, symposia [sim-poh-zee-uh] .
1.
a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience.
2.
a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.
3.
an account of a discussion meeting or of the conversation at it.
4.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a convivial meeting, usually following a dinner, for drinking and intellectual conversation.
5.
(initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato, dealing with ideal love and the vision of absolute beauty.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin < Greek sympósion drinking party, equivalent to sym- sym- + po- (variant stem of pī́nein to drink) + -sion noun suffix

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symposium (sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm)
 
n , pl -siums, -sia
1.  a conference or meeting for the discussion of some subject, esp an academic topic or social problem
2.  a collection of scholarly contributions, usually published together, on a given subject
3.  (in classical Greece) a drinking party with intellectual conversation, music, etc
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpinein to drink together, from sum-syn- + pinein to drink]

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symposium
1586, "account of a gathering or party," from L. symposium "drinking party, symposium," from Gk. symposion "convivial gathering of the educated" (related to sympotes "drinking companion"), from syn- "together" + posis "a drinking," from a stem of Aeolic ponen "to drink," cognate with L. potare "to drink."
The sense of "meeting on some subject" is from 1784. Reflecting the Gk. fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion, the modern sense is especially from the word being used as a title for one of Plato's dialogues. Gk. plural is symposia, and the leader of one is a symposiarch (1603).
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Example sentences
Music and dance performances as well as films and symposia complement the
  exhibits.
In fact, he taught it to his students and shared it at symposia with other
  doctors from around the world.
At technology conferences and university symposia, a standard list of expected
  social effects emerged.
These annual symposia always are great for midwinter fantasizing, deep on lush
  pictures of fabulous gardens at lavish estates.
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