- 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- /ˈfɔrə/.USA pronunciation
- Ancient History, Antiquitythe marketplace or public square of an ancient Roman city.
- a meeting place for or a means through which discussion of matters of public interest can be conducted:The magazine is a forum for various political views.
- a public meeting or assembly for such discussion.
- a discussion of a public issue by a select group.
n., pl. fo•rums, fo•ra
- Ancient History, Antiquitythe 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.
- Ancient History, Antiquitythe Forum, the forum in the ancient city of Rome.
- Latin: marketplace, public place, akin to forīs, forās outside, foris door
- late Middle English 1425–75
- the Forum ⇒ the main forum of ancient Rome, situated between the Capitoline and the Palatine Hills