30 Synonyms for “Meeting”

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Humans, being social animals, have many reasons for meeting — and many words to describe doing so in various degrees of formality and format. Here are thirty ways to label a meeting, depending on the particulars.

1. Assembly: a meeting for entertainment, legislation, or worship

2. Caucus: a meeting, often in a political context, to select candidates or policy

3. Clinic: a problem-solving meeting or one at which participants acquire knowledge or skills

4. Colloquium: a meeting at which experts, usually in an academic setting, give presentations on one or more topics and engage in a question-and-answer period

5. Colloquy: a serious, important meeting (also, a synonym for conversation and dialogue)

6. Conclave: a private or secret meeting, especially that of Roman Catholic cardinals convened to select a new pope, or any gathering of an organization

7. Confab: a chat, discussion, or meeting (informal usage)

8. Conference: a meeting for discussing issues or topics of interest to all participants, usually including keynote speeches and a wide variety of sessions on specific subjects

9. Congress: a meeting or session, especially of delegates to discuss and act on an issue or topic

10. Convention: a meeting to bring together representatives of a trade, profession, or interest group, or to assemble representatives of a political party to select candidates and policy

11. Convocation: a meeting of attendees called together, of a college or university’s members, or of clergy (and perhaps laypeople)

12. Council: a meeting to discuss or advise on one or more issues

13. Demonstration: an informal mass meeting, usually held outdoors on public property, to protest about or bring attention to a topic or issue

14. Forum: a meeting that involves a discussion among experts or between them and audience members

15. Gathering: a meeting (informal usage)

16. Get-together: an informal meeting

17. Huddle: a meeting (informal usage)

18. Panel: a meeting at which participants discuss a topic or issue in front of an audience

19. Palaver: a meeting, especially one between disparate parties

20. Parley: a meeting to resolve conflict or negotiate with an enemy

21. Powwow: a meeting or a social event, or a meeting to celebrate Native American culture

22. Rally: a mass meeting to inspire enthusiasm and/or action

23. Round-robin: a small meeting to discuss or decide on a topic or issue

24. Roundtable: see round-robin

25. Seminar: a meeting for disseminating and discussing information

26. Session: a meeting or series of meetings, or a portion of an extended meeting or one of various simultaneous meetings as part of a larger event

27. Summit: a meeting of high-level leaders

28. Symposium: a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics

29. Synod: a meeting of clergy

30. Workshop: an educational meeting or program

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