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sym·po·si·um

 (sĭm-pō′zē-əm)
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.

symposium

(sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm)
n, pl -siums or -sia (-zɪə)
1. (Education) a conference or meeting for the discussion of some subject, esp an academic topic or social problem
2. (Education) a collection of scholarly contributions, usually published together, on a given subject
3. (Historical Terms) (in classical Greece) a drinking party with intellectual conversation, music, etc
[C16: via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpinein to drink together, from sum- syn- + pinein to drink]

sym•po•si•um

(sɪmˈpoʊ zi əm)

n., pl. -si•ums, -si•a (-zi ə)
1. a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, esp. a meeting at which several speakers discuss a topic before an audience.
2. a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.
3. (in ancient Greece)
a. a drinking party following the evening meal, attended only by men, and typically featuring songs, games, and entertainment by hired performers.
b. such a party as the frame for a literary work that purports to be a record of the guests' conversation.
[1580–90; < Latin < Greek sympósion <sympótēs drinking companion (sym- sym- + po-, s. of pinein to drink)]

symposium

learned discussion of a particular topic. Also spelled symposion.
See also: Learning

Symposium

 a collection of opinions, 1882; a conference on a specific topic, 1869; a drinking party, 1748—Wilkes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.symposium - a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
conference - a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

symposium

noun congress, meeting, conference, convention, seminar, caucus (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), colloquium He had been taking part in an international symposium on population.
Translations

symposium

[sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm] N (symposiums or symposia (pl)) [sɪmˈpəʊzɪə]simposio m

symposium

[sɪmˈpəʊziəm] nsymposium m

symposium

n pl <-s or symposia> → Symposium nt, → Symposion nt

symposium

[sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm] n (symposia (pl)) → simposio
References in classic literature ?
There are nearer approaches to modern metaphysics in the Philebus and in the Sophist; the Politicus or Statesman is more ideal; the form and institutions of the State are more clearly drawn out in the Laws; as works of art, the Symposium and the Protagoras are of higher excellence.
He is not therefore to be supplemented from the Memorabilia and Symposium of Xenophon, who belongs to an entirely different class of writers.
We observe that the enmity of Aristophanes to Socrates does not prevent Plato from introducing them together in the Symposium engaged in friendly intercourse.
But Archer and the tutor continued to sit over their wine, and suddenly Archer found himself talking as he had not done since his last symposium with Ned Winsett.
But there is no reason to suppose that he is deriding them, any more than he is deriding the phenomena of love or of enthusiasm in the Symposium, or of oracles in the Apology, or of divine intimations when he is speaking of the daemonium of Socrates.
She took them with her one night to a select symposium, held in honor of several celebrities.
1919, also the symposium, "Are Physical, Biological and Psychological Categories Irreducible?
The collegians, assembled in Symposium in the Snuggery that night, marvelled what had happened to their Father; he walked so late in the shadows of the yard, and seemed so downcast.
THE symposium of the preceding evening had been a little too much for my nerves.
Philolaus introduced the law for the equal distribution of goods; Plato that for the community of women, children, and goods, and also for public tables for the women; and one concerning drunkenness, that they might observe sobriety in their symposiums.
As the Waterborne Symposium prepares for its 40th anniversary celebration, we track the origins of this prestigious technical event, and recognize those who have been instrumental in its development.
AAAI invites proposals for the 2009 Fall Symposium Series, to be held Thursday--Saturday, November 5-7 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia adjacent to Washington, DC.

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