Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.
  • n. An academic seminar on a broad field of study, usually led by a different lecturer at each meeting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colloquy; a meeting for discussion.
  • n. An academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting.
  • n. An address to an academic meeting or seminar.
  • n. That part of the complaint or declaration in an action for defamation which shows that the words complained of were spoken concerning the plaintiff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, that part of the complaint or declaration in an action for defamation which shows that the words complained of were spoken concerning the plaintiff.
  • n. A colloquy; a meeting for discussion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting
  • n. an address to an academic meeting or seminar

Etymologies

Latin, conversation, from colloquī, to talk together : com-, com- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin colloquium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • University; the colloquium is a weekly gathering of the entire department, at which a faculty member or guest talks about his own research or a related topic.

    Robert J. Aumann - Autobiography

  • Without doubt the most fascinating talk given at the colloquium was the plenary lecture by David Audretsch.

    Knowledge Spillovers from Enterpreneurship - The Austrian Economists

  • The colloquium is a two-day workshop on the future of the justice system.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I would have preferred this meeting to have been called a colloquium instead of lecture - a dialogue of doubts and assertions on the subject that concerns us.

    Miguel Angel Asturias - Nobel Lecture

  • The colloquium is a half-day program attended by some 2,400 teachers, students, and members of the public.

    New Jersey Jewish News

  • One important theme explored by the colloquium is the changing shape of ethnic politics in the country.

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  • The first part of the colloquium was the Executive Education course in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where the 19 women participants presented their respective work and country situations to the graduate students and faculty members.

    MindaNews Feeds

  • On Friday, as they have for 29 years, those few - the museum's curators - will speak at the ROM's research colloquium, which is free with admission.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • Clearly foreign policy is a four year colloquium which is difficult to grade after only the first semester.

    Lincoln Mitchell: The First 100 Days: A Whole That Is Greater Than Its Parts

  • I appreciate also the helpful comments offered during presentations at a Notre Dame political science colloquium, as well as talks given to the Rooney Center research workshop.

    American Grace

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