Definitions

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

  • n. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
  • n. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
  • n. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations.
  • n. A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drinking together; a merry feast.
  • n. A collection of short essays by different authors on a common topic; -- so called from the appellation given to the philosophical dialogue by the Greeks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drinking together; a compotation; a merry feast; a convivial meeting.
  • n. Hence, in a loose use, any collection of opinions, as of commentators on a disputed passage; in a recent use, a collection of short articles, as in a magazine, by several writers, on various aspects of a given topic: as, a symposium on the Indian question.

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

  • n. a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations

Etymologies

Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek syn ("together") + pino ("drink"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I don't know about you, but when I hear the word symposium I experience a certain frisson.

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  • I believe Griff, being a little afraid of her quickness, led her to suppose he was going to hold what he called a symposium in his rooms, and to think it a mystery of college life not intended for young ladies.

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  • The symposium is free and open to the public, with no registration required.

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  • The BOBCATSSS 2009 symposium is organised by students from the University of Tampere, Finland and the University of Porto, Portugal - 28-30 January 2009 - Porto, Portugal

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  • I'll be honest, because I've said as much to my fellow participants -- I'm kind of not so sure what the ultimate aim of the symposium is or what end, exactly, it's intended to serve, but it is an interesting discussion among us about the issues that concern the work we do.

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  • The symposium is intended for policy makers, practitioners and technologists working in the areas of information and communications technology and e-learning service delivery in UK HE and FE institutions.

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  • The goal of the BOBCATSSS 2008 symposium is to explore access to information for everybody from the technical, political, legal, social and economical point of view.

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  • The Symposium is a philosophical dialogue written by Plato sometime after 385 BC. It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking gathering at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens.

    October 23, 2008