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1 an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting
2 an address to an academic meeting or seminar [also: colloquia (pl)]

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colloquium (plural colloquia)
  1. A colloquy; a meeting for discussion.
  2. An academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting.
  3. An address to an academic meeting or seminar.
  4. That part of the complaint or declaration in an action for defamation which shows that the words complained of were spoken concerning the plaintiff.


  • 1876: Stephen Dowell, A History of Taxation and Taxes in England, I. 87.
    Writs were issued to London and the other towns principally concerned, directing the mayor and sheriffs to send to a colloquium at York two or three citizens with full power to treat on behalf of the community of the town.


academic meeting


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Extensive Definition

You may also be looking for Parliament of Scotland, called a "colloquium" in Latin records.
A colloquium is an academic activity. Typically, a colloquium consists of a single lecture given by a member of the academic community about his or her work to colleagues who work in the same or an allied field. The audience is expected to ask questions and to evaluate the work presented. Colloquia provide scholars with the opportunity to face and respond to criticism in the early stages of the development of new ideas.
In legal parlance, colloquium is used when the identity of a plaintiff in a defamation suit is not expressly stated, but people know who the tortfeasor was attempting to defame.
colloquium in German: Kolloquium
colloquium in Hungarian: Kollokvium
colloquium in Dutch: Colloquium
colloquium in Finnish: Kollokvio

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