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
  1. noun
    a public facility to meet for open discussion
    synonyms: assembly, meeting place
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    type of:
    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
  2. noun
    a public meeting or assembly for open discussion
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    type of:
    group meeting, meeting
    a formally arranged gathering
  3. noun
    a medium, especially a website, for discussion of ideas and issues
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    type of:
    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
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