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Symposium (Symposia, pl.) originally referred to a drinking party (the Greek verb sympotein means "to drink together") but has since come to refer to any academic conference. The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.

Noun Singular - symposium Plural - symposiums or symposia

symposium (plural symposiums or symposia)

1. A conference or other meeting for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants make presentations. 2. (in ancient Greece) A drinking party, especially one with intellectual discussion.


1. formal meeting for discussion of subject: a formal meeting held for the discussion of a subject, during which individual speakers may make presentations

2. publishing published collection of opinions: a published collection of opinions or writings on a subject, often in a periodical

3. ancient hist drinking party in ancient Greece: a drinking party in ancient Greece, usually with music and philosophical conversation [1]