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Usage statistics for the noun conference:

conversational speech6.99%task-oriented speech93.01%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun conference:


Conference is a member of the word family confer, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun conference

What does conference mean as a name of something?

Conference is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • conference: conferences
  • Conference: Conferences

  1. a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: group meeting / meeting = a formally arranged gathering
    • more specific words:
      • symposium = a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
      • seminar = any meeting for an exchange of ideas
      • colloquium = an academic meeting or seminar usually led by a different lecturer and on a different topic at each meeting
    • instances:
      • Potsdam Conference = a conference held in Potsdam in the summer of 1945 where Truman, Stalin, and Churchill drew up plans for the administration of Germany and Poland after World War II ended
      • Yalta Conference = a conference held in Yalta in February 1945 where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill planned the final stages of World War II and agreed to the territorial division of Europe
    • member: conferee = a member of a conference
  2. an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
  3. a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

Alternative definition of the noun conference


  1. [politics] A multilateral diplomatic negotiation.
  2. [science] A formalized event where scientists present their research results in speeches, workshops, posters or by other means.
  3. [business] An event organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization to discuss a pressing issue -- like a new product, market trend or government regulation -- with a range of speakers.
  4. [sports] A group of sports teams that play each other on a regular basis.

Specialised definition of the noun conference

Glossary of sports

an association or league of sports teams that compete with each other (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a meeting of people to discuss problems (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a large meeting where people who are interested in the same thing come tohether (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an informal agreement between airlines or shipping lines to restrict competition on particular routes (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / American football

groups into which teams are divided in professional and college football

  • note: The NFL is divided into National and American Conferences.


  1. Conference: Either the National Football Conference or American Football Conference.
  2. The conference that the division resides in.
  3. The conference that this is a proceedings of.

Phrases with Conference

Phrases starting with the word Conference:

  1. conference call
  2. conference room
  3. conference house
  4. conference table
  5. conference center

Phrases ending with the word Conference:

  1. Web Conference
  2. Junk Conference
  3. news conference
  4. press conference
  5. Video Conference
  6. yalta conference
  7. Status conference
  8. potsdam conference
  9. pretrial conference
  10. Telephone Conference
  11. round-table conference

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Conference

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Google previewBoys' Club Round Table (1918)

The Annual Conference is a holiday. The Conference is a liberal education. Each Program Committee endeavors to surpass its predecessors in presenting at every session the latest and the best in theory and practice from the Boys' Work field ...

Google previewQueer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church (2012)

by Amanda Udis-Kessler

The General Conference is the top legislative body; the nine-member Judicial Council is the 'supreme court;' and the Council of Bishops is...

An Annual Conference refers to a geographical area (with “California-Nevada,” “Northern Illinois,” and “South Georgia” being some...

As noted in Chapter One, the General Conference is a quadrennial gathering where elected delegates vote on proposals to ...

Google previewEffective Public Relations and Media Strategy (2009)


A press conference is a media event at which corporations or CEOs announce an important news of public interest. The news is typically announced by the head of an organisation or in the case of a product launch, the Vice-President ...

Google previewMastering the Business of Writing (2014)

A Leading Literary Agent Reveals the Secrets of Success by Richard Curtis

Thus, sales conference is the week of reckoning for the list, during which time it is inscribed which books shall fly and which shall bomb, which shall be raised up to the best-seller list and which cast down to the remainder bins, which shall be ...

Google previewCybercrime and Digital Forensics (2015)

An Introduction by Thomas J Holt, Adam M Bossler, Kathryn C Seigfried-Spellar

The conference is an information hub for sharing ideas and building relationships . Hackers 2 Hackers Conference is a security research event held in Latin America. Hactivity is an informal information security conference held annually in ...

Google previewPopular Cinema as Political Theory (2013)

Idealism and Realism in Epics, Noirs, and Satires by J. Nelson

A conference is a further convention of epics. It involves antagonists talking...

A conference is an occasion for listening, yet an epic conference can include many additional dynamics of politics familiar to courtiers and realists. When Gino Fish ...

Google previewAn Education that Empowers (1995)

A Collection of Lectures in Memory of Lawrence Stenhouse by Jean Rudduck

Perhaps the conference is a ritual which secures not only the work of those who come but also, and more importantly, the educational practice of those whose work is not reported upon and those whose work is not even studied. Of course ...

Google previewGoverning Urban Regions Through Collaboration (2016)

A View from North America by Joël Thibert

The Management Conference is a 3–5 year planning process that attempts to forge consensus about the causes and consequences of estuary problems, the policy actions needed to address those problems, and in many cases the public and ...

Google previewESPN Southeastern Conference Football Encyclopedia (2009)

The Complete History by Michael MacCambridge

What follows is a year-by-year rundown of the history of Southeastern Conference football, incorporating final poll rankings, consensus All-Americans, bowl game results. all-SEC teams. Heisman Trophy balloting. other award winners and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (2011)

by Linda E. Swayne, Mark Dodds

Atlantic Coast Conference (1953) The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) comprises 12 schools from Florida to Massachusetts. The ACC is famous as a basketball conference; four of the schools have won the men's championship ( Duke, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management (2010)

by Abraham Pizam

Conference center 97 management: A hospitality perspective. Lansing, MI: Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Waite, D. ( 2005). The 'Condo' part of Condo hotels. ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the British Empire (1996)

by James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle

COLONIAL CONFERENCE OF 1897 315 Federation League proposed that the colonial conference be made a permanent imperial institution. The functions of the proposed permanent conference were not specified, but imperial defense was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1982)

Volume 33 - The Wellesley College Library to Zoological Literature: A Review by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, Jay E. Daily

In 1976 the Fourth Annual Canadian Association for Information Science Conference was hosted and organized by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (2010)

by Craig Kridel

By 1983, the conference sought a permanent home, and through the efforts of administrators and faculty at the University of Dayton (Ohio), the Bergamo Center, which was affiliated with the University of Dayton, was identified as that site.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning (2005)

by Howard, Caroline

June EDEN Annual Conference Europe June ADETA Interface: e-Learning Magic Canada June Virtual EDUCA, International Conference on Education, Training and Information ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Inter-American System (1997)

by G. Pope Atkins

and the Inter-American Conference for Maintenance of Continental Peace and Security" (Rio de Janeiro, 1947). The 1948 OAS Charter provided for a Special Inter- American Conference to meet "in special circumstances" between meetings of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Science and Technology in Modern China (2015)

by Lawrence R. Sullivan, Nancy Y. Liu

International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Beijing, July 2014. Seventh International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA), Chengdu, December 2013 Sixth International Conference on ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Palestinians (2005)

by Philip Mattar

The committee petitioned the PALESTINE MANDATE for permission to convene a general Arab conference in Jerusalem but was refused. As a result, the conference was organized instead in Bludan, SYRIA, on September 8, 1937, with the ...

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Quotes about Conference

Lucas attended a conference on rational expectations at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 1973. The day after the conference, I received a call from Pittsburgh. (Thomas J. Sargent)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1F4E1R1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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