A forum is a public discussion. It can refer to a meeting, a meeting house or any conversation that is available publicly.

There were forums — large public gathering places — in Ancient Rome; they can still be found across the globe. Traditionally, newspapers were thought of as forums for public discussions but more and more forums are virtual — discussion boards found online. Communities, however, still hold their own forums, or meetings, usually to discuss local issues. When you see the word forum, think public conversation.

Definitions of forum

n a public facility to meet for open discussion

assembly, meeting place
Type of:
facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

n a public meeting or assembly for open discussion

Type of:
group meeting, meeting
a formally arranged gathering

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