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Dictionary Definition



1 a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
2 an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members [syn: league]
3 a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic [syn: group discussion]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈkɒnfəɹəns/, /"kQnf@r@ns/
  • (US) /ˈkɑːnfəɹəns/, /"kA:nf@r@ns/


  1. A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.
  2. A formalized event where scientists present their research results in speeches, workshops, posters or by other means.
  3. An event organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization to discuss a pressing issue -- like a new product, market trend or government regulation -- with a range of speakers.


Extensive Definition

A conference is a meeting of people that "confer" about a topic.
  • Academic conference, in science and academia, a formalized event where researchers present their results in speeches, workshops or by other means
  • Business conference, an event organized to discuss business-related issues
  • News conference, a media event in which newsmakers invite multiple journalists to hear them speak and, most often, ask questions
  • Settlement conference, a meeting between opposing sides of a lawsuit at which the parties attempt to reach a resolution of their dispute without having to proceed to a trial
  • Conference (sports), a grouping of teams, typically based on geography
  • Unconference
  • Conference call, in telecommunications, is referred to as a "multi-party call"
  • Conference hall, room where conferences are held
  • Football Conference, an English football league
  • In the Netherlands, a solo cabaret act, a type of stand-up comedy lasting one to two hours
  • Parent-teacher conference, a meeting with a child's teacher to discuss grades and school performance.

See also

conference in Arabic: المؤتمر
conference in German: Konferenz
conference in Spanish: Conferencia
conference in Hebrew: כנס
conference in Lithuanian: Konferencija
conference in Dutch: Conference
conference in Polish: Konferencja
conference in Romanian: Conferinţă
conference in Slovak: Konferencia
conference in Finnish: Konferenssi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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