conference


conference
   (in)
   unwilling to see or talk to callers
   A standard excuse, which sounds grander than tied up:
    Ahm afraid Miss Brimley is in conference. Can someone else answer your query? (le Carré, 1962)
   The 'formal meeting for consultation and discussion' (SOED) is where we go when we are at a conference, unless were are in medical or academic employment, when a conference may be a paid holiday to be enjoyed with our peers and a chosen companion in a congenial place at the expense of a third party.

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  • conférence — [ kɔ̃ferɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1346 « discussion »; lat. conferentia, de conferre → conférer 1 ♦ Conversation à caractère officiel ou solennel. ⇒ entretien. Avoir une conférence avec qqn. Tenir conférence (⇒ conférer) . 2 ♦ Assemblée de hautes… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • conference — con‧fe‧rence [ˈkɒnfrəns ǁ ˈkɑːn ] noun [countable] 1. a large formal meeting, usually lasting a day or several days, where people discuss things in order to exchange information or to come to an agreement: • a sales conference 2. a private and… …   Financial and business terms

  • conference — Conference. s. f. v. La comparaison que l on fait de deux choses, pour voir en quoy elles conviennent, & en quoy elles different. Il se dit particulierement des choses qui sont marquées au premier sens du verbe. Conference des Ordonnances, des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • conférence — CONFÉRENCE. s. f. La comparaison que l on fait de deux choses, pour voir en quoi elles conviennent, et en quoi elles diffèrent. La conférence des Ordonnances, des Coutumes. Conférence des temps, etc. Conférence des textes. Conférence des passages …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Conference — Con fer*ence, n. [F. conf[ e]rence. See {Confer}.] 1. The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual conference of all men s collections and observations may… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conférence — ist im engeren Sinne die Bezeichnung für eine Ansage im Kabarett, in einer Revue oder im Varieté. Die Conférence reicht dabei von einer einfachen Ankündigung der nächsten Programm Nummer bis hin zur literarischen Plauderei oder einem satirischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • conference — con·fer·ence / kän frəns, fə rəns/ n 1: a meeting for consultation, deliberation, discussion, or interchange of opinions a conference on environmental law see also judicial conference, pretrial conference …   Law dictionary

  • conference — [kän′fər əns, kän′frəns; ] for n. 6 [ kən fʉr′əns] n. [Fr conférence < ML conferentia < L conferens, prp. of conferre: see CONFER] 1. the act of conversing or consulting on a serious matter 2. a formal meeting of a number of people for… …   English World dictionary

  • conference — 1550s, act of conferring, from M.Fr. conférence (15c.), from M.L. conferentia, from L. conferens, prp. of conferre (see CONFER (Cf. confer)). Meaning formal meeting for consultation is from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • conference — [n1] convention, colloquium appointment, argument, chat, colloquy, confabulation, conferring, congress, consultation, conversation, convocation, deliberation, discussion, forum, gabfest*, groupthink*, huddle, interchange, interview, meeting,… …   New thesaurus

  • Conférence — Conférence,die:⇨Moderation …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme


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