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symposium

sym·po·si·um

symposium

 
 
pronunciation:
sihm po zi m
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part of speech: noun
inflections: symposia, symposiums
definition 1: a conference or meeting on a single topic, usu. involving several speakers.
Our professor won't be teaching the class this week; she's giving a talk at a symposium in Madrid.
definition 2: a collection of articles by different authors on a single topic.
His article was included in the symposium on computer-aided learning.
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definition 3: in ancient Greece, a pleasurable occasion for socializing and intellectual discussion.
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The word symposium contains the following part:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.