Definition of symposium in English:



  • 1A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.

    • ‘Success in research is measured by the production of research papers, presentations at meetings and symposia, the organization of conferences, and, not least important, the acquisition of substantial grant funds.’
    • ‘During this time gap of one year, we will conduct seminars, debates and symposiums at various schools and colleges.’
    • ‘They anticipate reaching more than 300,000 students nationwide by webcasts and closed-circuit TV coverage of conference symposia and workshops.’
    • ‘There is a long history behind the ICS; most of the early international geological congresses had symposia and meetings to debate and decide stratigraphical procedures and nomenclature.’
    • ‘The abundance of conferences, symposia, workshops, colloquia, seminars, and other gatherings devoted to mathematical topics attests to a strong desire for interaction.’
    • ‘After this, a symposium was held, discussing the nature of food in general and of salad in particular.’
    • ‘She has produced scores of professional publications and reviews, delivered numerous lectures, and conducted many symposia and conference sessions.’
    • ‘We also talked about the nature of the contemporary PhD and how difficult it is to get things like conferences and symposia organised.’
    • ‘Carl is an extremely popular speaker, and is available to speak at a variety of meetings, including family retreats, weekend symposiums, home educators conferences and professional gatherings.’
    • ‘In the past two years, colleges and universities have held a number of conferences and symposiums devoted to the issue.’
    • ‘All of the developer conferences and symposiums are talking about how Web services will revolutionize the world.’
    • ‘Seminars, symposia and conferences are also being held by hospital administrators, clinicians and nursing professionals to update the knowledge and understanding on the issues.’
    • ‘As the governing body of the sport, the Society provides it members with conferences, symposiums, and retreats around the world to further their skills.’
    • ‘An annual gathering, the congress was a mix of plenary lectures, symposiums and lectures on general medical topics related to nephrology.’
    • ‘There are regularly held international and national assemblies, conferences and symposia devoted to the problem of rational use of the frequency resource.’
    • ‘We are talking about conferences, events, meetings, symposiums, lectures.’
    • ‘The institute commemorates the significant events of the Roosevelt era and helps maintain the legacy of two remarkable individuals by sponsoring conferences, symposia, and lectures on contemporary issues.’
    • ‘The symposium is an annual conference of dioxin researchers.’
    • ‘There will be regular competitions, talent searches, discussions, meetings and symposiums to promote the cause of art.’
    • ‘The Federalist Society's commitment to fair and open debate can be seen by a small sampling of some participants in its meetings and symposiums.’
    meeting, sitting, assembly, conclave, plenary
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    1. 1.1A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.
      • ‘The following papers are contributions to a symposium on these topics presented at the 1999 meetings of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.’
      • ‘The Journal accepted a paper for a symposium; but now it turns out that four years ago, a coauthor of the paper made what certainly seems like a racist statement.’
      • ‘Based on research papers originally written for a symposium, it offers 19 essays, most of them lucid and perceptive.’
      • ‘In this article, I shall not attempt to deal with all of the areas covered by these differences, nor with the essays of all twelve contributors to Meyer's symposium.’
      • ‘There are 26 symposium papers included in this volume.’
      • ‘Keith Young published over 100 papers and contributed to numerous symposia and field guides dealing with Mesozoic biostratigraphy.’
      • ‘The papers in this symposium are a result of the synergy that developed in those conversations.’
      • ‘The contributions to the 1983 symposium highlighted the importance of neuropeptides as crustacean hormones.’
      • ‘As the accompanying papers and recent/forthcoming symposia on symbiosis in this journal exemplify particularly well, direct interactions of plants and animals have had a substantial impact on one another's evolution.’
      • ‘Peter Holman, who writes the introductory essay to this symposium, is at pains to remove the obstruction.’
      • ‘Both of these symposia contributed to the growing interest in thermal reaction norms for growth rate and body size, but neither was focused directly on these phenomena.’
      • ‘His prior books about large-scale social transformation have been the subjects of numerous review essays and university symposia, and some scholars view them as classics.’
      • ‘Among other things, it's got a continuing symposium on legal education featuring essays from some of the brighter legal minds in the country.’
      • ‘One of the contributors to the earlier symposium, but conspicuous by her absence in the recent one, was Ursula K. Le Guin, who will be seventy-five years old this year.’
      • ‘A second set of papers from the symposium will be included in a later issue of the Journal.’
      • ‘This fifth question separates the contributors to the 1977 symposium from those in the 2002 volume.’
      • ‘Other contributors to this symposium are going to give general overviews of his contributions.’
      • ‘He is the only confessed believer in this symposium of essays.’
      • ‘That symposium includes eight papers relating to topics also considered here.’
      • ‘Perhaps special calls for manuscripts, papers, or organized symposia might be one avenue.’
  • 2A drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet (and notable as the title of a work by Plato).

    • ‘One song was apparently written for a symposium (drinking party) given by Archidamus II king of Sparta.’
    • ‘The symposium, or drinking party, would normally have been equipped with vessels of precious metal.’
    • ‘This raises the question of when the practice of mixing wine with water, well attested in the Classical symposium, first made its appearance in Greek lands.’
    • ‘What inspired this period of dynamic creativity in the production of hydrias for symposia in the last third of the sixth century in Athens?’
    • ‘As established above, there is iconographical, inscriptional, and archaeological evidence linking hydrias to elite symposia.’
    • ‘These meals included everyday meals, symposia, funerary banquets, sacrificial meals (often in temples), mystery cult meals, everyday Jewish meals, and Jewish festival meals.’
    • ‘It might seem surprising, therefore, that hydrias do not appear in images of symposia on Athenian pottery; however, this absence is not conclusive evidence for excluding them from the repertory of sympotic vessels.’
    • ‘Drinking among the upper classes of Persian society, for example, took place at secret parties reminiscent of Greek symposia with their strictly ritualized etiquette and emphasis on poetry and discussion.’
    • ‘The intrinsic value of the materials employed predominates in the earlier model: the value of plate at an Athenian symposium, or the value of gold and ivory in the chryselephantine statues by Phidias.’
    • ‘At the symposium, women danced and sang and performed on the double-reeded aulos (like an oboe or shawm), or lyre, having been hired, sometimes, on the street.’
    • ‘Each evening, a livelier version of the talk took place in the ship's library, no doubt derived from the Greek meaning of symposia - a drinking party for men [and women.]’
    • ‘At the same time, there is a strong suggestion that the kind of formal drinking party that takes place in the Homeric palace is, like the Classical symposium, for men only.’


Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs fellow drinker, from sun- together + potēs drinker.