Symposium Meaning and Origin

MontelentNovember 22, 2018

Today in our Everyday Words and Meaning, we will be giving a highlight on the word “Symposium”.

According to English Dictionary, Symposium has 2 Meanings which is:

  1. a conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.
  2. a drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet (and notable as the title of a work by Plato).

Symposium is a Noun and can be used in where it fits.

Symposium is Pronounced as /sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/


According to Wikipedia, Symposium is derived from (Greek: συμπόσιον symposion or symposio, from συμπίνειν sympinein, “to drink together”) which comes after meal where everyones drinks accompanied with music, dancing, recitals, or conversation.

Some Literary works took place in Symposium such as: two Socratic dialogues, Plato’s Symposium and Xenophon’s Symposium, as well as a number of Greek poems such as the elegies of Theognis of Megara.

In our modern day, it is referred as an academic conference or meeting such as a scientific conference.

Latin convivium is equals to Greek Symposium of Roman Society.

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