symposium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin symposium, from Ancient Greek συμπόσιον (sumpósion, drinking party) from συμπίνω (sumpínō, drink together) συν- (sun-, together-) + πίνω (pínō, drink).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /sɪm.ˈpoʊ.zi.əm/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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. A drinking party in Ancient Greece, especially one with intellectual discussion.
  3. A collection of essays, articles or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.
    • 1960 January, “New reading on railways”, in Trains Illustrated, page 26:
      THE CONCISE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF WORLD RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES. Edited by P. Ransome-Wallis. Hutchinson. 50s. [...] The work is a symposium by writers who are mostly specialists in the topics about which they write.

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek συμπόσιον (sumpósion, drinking party) from συμπίνω (sumpínō, drink together) συν- (sun-, together-) + πίνω (pínō, drink).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: sym‧po‧si‧um

Noun[edit]

symposium n (plural symposia or symposiums, diminutive symposiumpje n)

  1. symposium

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sɛ̃.po.zjɔm/, /sɛ̃.pɔ.zjɔm/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

symposium m (plural symposiums)

  1. symposium
    Synonym: colloque

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

symposium n (genitive symposiī or symposī); second declension

  1. symposium

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative symposium symposia
Genitive symposiī
symposī1
symposiōrum
Dative symposiō symposiīs
Accusative symposium symposia
Ablative symposiō symposiīs
Vocative symposium symposia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

References[edit]

  • symposium”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • symposium”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

symposium n (definite singular symposiet, indefinite plural symposier, definite plural symposia or symposiene)

  1. symposium

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

symposium n (definite singular symposiet, indefinite plural symposium, definite plural symposia)

  1. symposium