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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forum \Fo"rum\, n.; pl. E. Forums, L. Fora. [L.; akin to
     foris, foras, out of doors. See Foreign.]
     1. A market place or public place in Rome, where causes were
        judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A tribunal; a court; an assembly empowered to hear and
        decide causes.
        [1913 Webster]
              He [Lord Camden] was . . . more eminent in the
              senate than in the forum.             --Brougham.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a public meeting or assembly for open discussion
      2: a public facility to meet for open discussion [syn: forum,
         assembly, meeting place]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  153 Moby Thesaurus words for "forum":
     Areopagus, agora, airing, amphitheater, analysis, arena, assemblee,
     assembly, assignation, at home, athletic field, auditorium,
     background, ball, bear garden, board, bowl, boxing ring, brawl,
     bull ring, buzz session, campo, campus, canvas, canvassing, caucus,
     circus, cockpit, coliseum, colloquium, colosseum, commission,
     committee, conclave, concourse, conference, congregation, congress,
     consideration, conventicle, convention, convocation, council,
     course, curia, dance, date, debate, debating, deliberation,
     dialectic, dialogue, diet, discussion, discussion group,
     eisteddfod, examination, exchange of views, festivity, fete, field,
     floor, forgathering, gathering, get-together, ground, gym,
     gymnasium, hall, hippodrome, housewarming, inquisition,
     investigation, joint discussion, judicatory, judicature, judiciary,
     levee, lists, locale, logical analysis, logical discussion, market,
     market cross, marketplace, mart, mat, meet, meeting, milieu,
     open discussion, open forum, palaestra, panel, panel discussion,
     parade ground, party, piazza, pit, place, platform, plaza, plenum,
     precinct, prize ring, prom, public square, purlieu, quorum, rally,
     range, rap, rap session, reception, rendezvous, review, rialto,
     ring, round table, scene, scene of action, scenery, seance,
     seminar, session, setting, shindig, sit-in, site, sitting, soiree,
     sphere, square, squared circle, stadium, stage, stage set,
     stage setting, study, symposium, synod, terrain, the Inquisition,
     theater, tilting ground, tiltyard, town meeting, treatment,
     tribunal, turnout, ventilation, walk, wrestling ring

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [Usenet, GEnie, CI$; pl. fora or forums] Any discussion group accessible
      through a dial-in BBS, a mailing list, or a newsgroup (see the
      network). A forum functions much like a bulletin board; users submit {
      postings for all to read and discussion ensues. Contrast real-time chat
      via talk mode or point-to-point personal email.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  topic group
      (Plural "fora" or "forums") Any discussion group
     accessible through a dial-in BBS (e.g. GEnie, CI$), a
     mailing list, or a Usenet newsgroup (see network,
     the).  A forum functions much like a bulletin board; users
     submit postings for all to read and discussion ensues.
     Contrast real-time chat or point-to-point personal e-mail.
     [{Jargon File]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FORUM. This term signifies jurisdiction, a court of justice, a tribunal. 
       2. The French divide it into for exterieur, which is the authority 
  which human justice exercises on persons and property, to a greater or 
  lesser extent, according to the quality of those to whom it is entrusted; 
  and for interieur, which is the moral sense of justice which a correct 
  conscience dictates. Merlin, Repert. mot For. 
       3. By forum res sitae is meant the tribunal which has authority to 
  decide respecting something in dispute, located within its jurisdiction; 
  therefore, if the matter in controversy is land, or other immovable 
  property, the judgment pronounced in the forum res sitae is held to be of 
  universal obligation, as to all matters of right and title on which it 
  professes to decide, in relation to such property. And the same principle 
  applies to all other cases of proceedings in rem, where the subject is 
  movable property, within the jurisdiction of the court pronouncing the 
  judgment. Story, Const. Laws, Sec. 532, 545, 551, 591, 592; Kaims on Eq. B. 
  3, c. 8, s. 4 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 541. 

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