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n. pl. sym·po·si·ums or sym·po·si·a (-zē-ə)
1. A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.
2. A collection of writings on a particular topic, as in a magazine.
3. A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks.

[Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

sym·po′si·ac′ (-zē-ăk′) adj.


(Education) Also: symposial of, suitable for, or occurring at a symposium
(Education) an archaic word for symposium
[C17: from Latin symposiacus; see symposium]