A conference is a formal get-together where people talk (or "confer") about a chosen topic, like when your office holds a conference to talk about the problem of snoring during meetings.

A conference can also be a public meeting arranged for discussion, such as a press conference or a national conference for a particular group. For example, you may no longer have much interest in 18th-century coins, but you still attend the annual conference for coin collectors because it is always held at a hotel in Aruba. A conference can also refer to a sports league, such as for baseball or football.

Primary Meanings of conference

a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
Full Definitions of conference

n a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

Potsdam Conference
a conference held in Potsdam in the summer of 1945 where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill drew up plans for the administration of Germany and Poland after World War II ended
Yalta Conference
a conference held in Yalta in February 1945 where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill planned the final stages of World War II and agreed to the territorial division of Europe
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a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
any meeting for an exchange of ideas
an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting
research colloquium
a colloquium at which the results of (scientific) research are reported
Type of:
group meeting, meeting
a formally arranged gathering

n a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

group discussion
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bull session
an informal discussion (usually among men)
a conversation especially a formal one
a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question
audience, consultation, interview
a conference (usually with someone important)
huddle, powwow
(informal) a quick private conference
news conference, press conference
a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity
pretrial, pretrial conference
(law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases
round table, round-table conference, roundtable
a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views
a meeting for execution of a group's functions
an extended session (as on a college campus) for lectures and discussion on an important and usually controversial issue
teleconference, teleconferencing
a conference of people who are in different locations that is made possible by the use of such telecommunications equipment as closed-circuit television
(law) a courtroom conference between the lawyers and the judge that is held out of the jury's hearing
a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy
a session as of a legislature or court
meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity
closed session, executive session
a session (usually of a legislative body) that is closed to the public
a session (of a committee or grand jury) in which witnesses are called and testimony is taken
skull session
a session (as of executives or advisors) to discuss policy or strategy or to solve problems or exchange ideas
special session
a session that is held in addition to the regular sessions
a session of intensive tuition given by a tutor to an individual or to a small number of students
Type of:
discussion, give-and-take, word
an exchange of views on some topic

n an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

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big league, major league, majors
the most important league in any sport (especially baseball)
bush league, minor league, minors
a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)
baseball league
a league of baseball teams
basketball league
a league of basketball teams
bowling league
a league of bowling teams
football league
a league of football teams
hockey league
a league of hockey teams
Ivy League
a league of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige
class, division
a league ranked by quality
little league
a commercially sponsored baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age
Type of:
a formal organization of people or groups of people

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