A colloquium is an academic conference or meeting. At a colloquium, you’ll spend a couple of days listening to lectures with a group of people who all know a lot about one particular subject.

The root of colloquium is the Latin loqui, meaning “to talk, ” which is what people tend to do at a conference. If you’re attending a colloquium on hummingbirds, you’re going to meet a lot of biologists who talk about hummingbirds. If you’re giving a lecture at the same colloquium, you’d better hope you know a lot about hummingbirds or you might get run out of the conference!

Definitions of colloquium
  1. noun

    an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting

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    research colloquium

    a colloquium at which the results of (scientific) research are reported
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    a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

  2. noun

    an address to an academic meeting or seminar

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    address, speech

    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

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