Meaning of CONFERENCE in English

ˈkänfər(ə)n(t)s, -frən-; in sense 4 “ or kənˈfər.ən- also kənˈfə̄rən- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French conference, from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferent-, conferens (present participle of conferre ) + -ia -y

1. obsolete : comparison of texts : collation

2. : the act of consulting together usually formally : interchange of views : discussion , deliberation

conference maketh a ready man — Francis Bacon

the president in conference with his advisers

3. : a meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange of opinions whether of individuals or groups:

a. : a meeting of the representatives of different nations to discuss international problems or determine general policy

a conference of foreign ministers

a summit conference

b. : a meeting of members of the two branches of a legislature ; specifically : one to adjust differences in the provisions of a bill passed in different forms by the House of Representatives and the Senate

c. : a meeting of those members of a legislative body who belong to the same party in order to plan party policy but without binding its members to a certain course of action — compare caucus

4. also con·fer·rence kənˈfər.ən- also -fə̄rən- : conferment (as of an academic degree)



(1) : a church court of the early English Presbyterians corresponding roughly to the modern presbytery : classis

(2) : a stated meeting of preachers and others in the Methodist and Mennonite churches invested with authority to act on or take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters

(3) : a voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district ; also : a district containing such churches

(4) : a subdivision of a district in the United Lutheran Church

(5) : a semiannual general meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

b. : a league or association of athletic teams especially representing educational institutions

a football conference

c. : an association of firms in the same business for carrying out a common policy — compare trust


a. : an informal meeting for purposes of intensive instruction between a teacher and a student or small group of students

b. : a brief and intensive course often held during a vacation emphasizing practical experience and demonstration and usually attended by adults

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.