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forum

[fawr-uh m, fohr-uh m] /ˈfɔr əm, ˈfoʊr əm/
noun, plural forums, fora
[fawr-uh, fohr-uh] /ˈfɔr ə, ˈfoʊr ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
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.
2.
a court or tribunal:
the forum of public opinion.
3.
an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest.
4.
Also called online forum, Internet forum, Web forum. message board.
5.
the Forum, the forum in the ancient city of Rome.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for the forum

forum

/ˈfɔːrəm/
noun (pl) -rums, -ra (-rə)
1.
a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest
2.
a medium for open discussion, such as a magazine
3.
a public meeting place for open discussion
4.
a court; tribunal
5.
(in South Africa) a pressure group of leaders or representatives, esp Black leaders or representatives
6.
(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

Forum

/rəʊˈmɑːnəm/
noun
1.
the Forum, the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills
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Word Origin and History for the forum

forum

n.

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.

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