Meaning of CONFERENCE in English

CONFERENCE

/ ˈkɒnfərəns; NAmE ˈkɑːn-/ noun

1.

a large official meeting, usually lasting for a few days, at which people with the same work or interests come together to discuss their views :

The hotel is used for exhibitions, conferences and social events.

a conference room / centre / hall

She is attending a three-day conference on AIDS education.

The conference will be held in Glasgow.

delegates to the Labour Party's annual conference

2.

a meeting at which people have formal discussions :

Ministers from all four countries involved will meet at the conference table this week.

He was in conference with his lawyers all day.

—see also press conference

3.

( especially NAmE ) a group of sports teams that play against each other in a league :

Southeast Conference football champions

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WORD ORIGIN

early 16th cent. (in the general sense conversation, talk ): from French conférence or medieval Latin conferentia , from Latin conferre bring together, from con- together + ferre bring.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.