meeting

A meeting is the planned gathering of a group of people for a specific reason. You might attend a meeting for Trekkies who are all fans of "Star Trek," or you may decide to stay home and watch "Star Trek" reruns instead. Wise move.

Meetings are arranged beforehand, and when you show up at one, there will be other people there for the same purpose. Your meeting might be your monthly book group or a quick huddle after work to plan your boss's surprise birthday party. Meeting can also mean "an encounter," like the chance meeting you have with your kindergarten teacher at the grocery store, or "the place things come together," like the meeting of two streams in your yard.

Definitions of meeting
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n the social act of assembling for some common purpose

“his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day”
Synonyms:
coming together
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rendezvous
a meeting planned at a certain time and place
session
a meeting devoted to a particular activity
socialisation, socialising, socialization, socializing
the act of meeting for social purposes
visit
the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
visit
the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
visit
the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
visitation
an official visit for inspection or supervision
site visit
a visit in an official capacity to examine a site to determine its suitability for some enterprise
call
a visit in an official or professional capacity
call
a brief social visit
visiting
the activity of making visits
assignation, tryst
a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
class period, course session, recitation
a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
flying visit
a visit that last for only a very short time
Type of:
assemblage, assembly, gathering
the social act of assembling

n a formally arranged gathering

“next year the meeting will be in Chicago”
“the meeting elected a chairperson”
Synonyms:
group meeting
Examples:
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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board meeting, committee meeting
a meeting for administrative purposes
camp meeting
religious (usually evangelistic) meeting held in a large tent or outdoors and lasting several days
caucus
a closed political meeting
conclave
a confidential or secret meeting
conference
a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
congress
a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
convention
a large formal assembly
council
a meeting of people for consultation
forum
a public meeting or assembly for open discussion
plenum
a meeting of a legislative body at which all members are present
psychotherapy group
a meeting of people for psychotherapeutic purposes
stockholders meeting
a meeting at which the management reports to the stockholders of a company
summit, summit meeting
a meeting of heads of governments
town meeting
a meeting of the inhabitants of a town
Constitutional Convention
the convention of United States statesmen who drafted the United States Constitution in 1787
encounter group
a meeting of people to develop mutual understanding by freely expressing emotions
Continental Congress
the legislative assembly composed of delegates from the rebel colonies who met during and after the American Revolution; they issued the Declaration of Independence and framed Articles of Confederation
indaba
a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question
Jirga
a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders
powwow
a council of or with Native Americans
synod
a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
symposium
a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
seminar
any meeting for an exchange of ideas
colloquium
an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

n a small informal social gathering

“there was an informal meeting in my living room”
Synonyms:
get together
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conventicle
a secret unauthorized meeting for religious worship
appointment, date, engagement
a meeting arranged in advance
visit
a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice
lunch meeting, luncheon meeting
a meeting for lunch; usually to conduct business while eating
power breakfast
a meeting of influential people to conduct business while eating breakfast
seance, session, sitting
a meeting of spiritualists
blind date
a date with a stranger
double date
a date in which two couples participate
rendezvous, tryst
a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex
Type of:
social affair, social gathering
a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship

n a casual or unexpected convergence

“he still remembers their meeting in Paris”
Synonyms:
encounter
Types:
alignment, conjunction
(astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
inferior conjunction
(astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the same side of the sun
superior conjunction
(astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the opposite side of the sun
Type of:
convergence
the occurrence of two or more things coming together

n the act of joining together as one

“there was no meeting of minds”
Synonyms:
coming together, merging
Types:
concourse, confluence
a coming together of people
Type of:
convergence, convergency, converging
the act of converging (coming closer)

n a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)

Synonyms:
confluence
Type of:
geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth

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