AskDefine | Define meeting

Dictionary Definition



1 a formally arranged gathering; "next year the meeting will be in Chicago"; "the meeting elected a chairperson"
2 the social act of assembling for some common purpose; "his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day" [syn: coming together]
3 a small informal social gathering; "there was an informal meeting in my livingroom" [syn: get together]
4 a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway" [syn: encounter]
5 the act of joining together as one; "the merging of the two groups occurred quickly"; "there was no meeting of minds" [syn: merging, coming together]
6 a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers); "Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers" [syn: confluence]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A gathering for a purpose.
    We need to have a meeting about that soon.
  2. The people at such a gathering.
    What has the meeting decided.
  3. An encounter between people.
    They came together in a chance meeting on the way home from work.
  4. A place or instance of junction or intersection.
    Earthquakes occur at the meeting of tectonic plates.


gathering for a purpose
  • Finnish: kokous, palaveri
people at such a gathering
  • Finnish: kokous
encounter between people
place or instance of junction or intersection
  • Finnish: sauma, yhtymäkohta, risteyskohta (place)


  1. present participle of meet

Extensive Definition

In a meeting, two or more people come together for the purpose of discussing a (usually) predetermined topic such as business or community event planning, often in a formal setting.
In addition to coming together physically (in real life, face to face), communication lines and equipment can also be set up to have a discussion between people at different locations, e.g. a conference call or an e-meeting.
In organizations, meetings are an important vehicle for and personal contact human communication. They are so common and pervasive in organizations, however, that many take them for granted and forget that, unless properly planned and executed, meetings can be a terrible waste of precious resources.
Because of their importance, a career in professional meeting planning has emerged in recent years. In addition, the field of Meeting Facilitation has formalized with an internationally-recognized "Certified Professional Facilitator" designation through the International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

Types of meetings

Meetings may be divided into many categories:
  1. Status Meetings, generally Leader-led, which are about reporting by one-way communication;
  2. Work Meetings, which produce a product or intangible result such as a decision
  3. Staff meeting -- typically a meeting between a manager and those that report to the manager (possibly indirectly).
  4. Team meeting -- a meeting among colleagues working on various aspects of a team project.
  5. Ad-hoc meeting -- a meeting called together for a special purpose
  6. Management meeting -- a meeting among managers
  7. Board meeting -- a meeting of the Board of directors of an organization
  8. One to one meeting -- a meeting between two individuals
  9. Off-site meeting -- also called "offsite retreat" or "retreat" and known as an Awayday meeting in the UK
  10. Kick-off Meeting-- is the first meeting with the project team and the client of the project to discuss the role of each team member
  11. Pre-Bid Meeting-- is a meeting of various competitors and or contractors to visually inspect a jobsite for a future project. The meeting is normally hosted by the future customer or engineer who wrote the project specification to ensure all bidders are aware of the details and services expected of them. Attendance at the Pre-Bid Meeting may be mandatory. Failure to attend usually results in a rejected bid.
  12. Pre-Construction Meeting-- To be added....

Meeting styles

  • stand-up meeting
  • breakfast meeting
  • off-site meeting
  • lunch meeting

Meeting frequency options

Since a meeting can be held once or often, the meeting organizer has to determine the repetition and frequency of occurrence of the meeting. Options generally include the following:
  • A one-time meeting is the most common meeting type and covers events that are self-contained. While they may repeat often, the individual meeting is the entirety of the event. This can include a 2006 conference. The 2007 version of the conference is a stand-alone meeting event.
  • A recurring meeting is a meeting that recurs periodically, such as an every Monday staff meeting from 9:00AM to 9:30 AM. The meeting organizer wants the participants to be at the meeting on a constant and repetitive basis. A recurring meeting can be ongoing, such as a weekly team meeting, or have an end date, such as a 5 week training meeting, held every Friday afternoon.
  • A series meeting is like a recurring meeting, but the details differ from meeting to meeting. One example of a series meeting is a monthly "lunch and learn" event at a company, church, club or organization. The placeholder is the same, but the agenda and topics to be covered vary. This is more of a recurring meeting with the details to be determined.

Further reading

Merianne Liteman, Sheila Campbell, Jeffrey Liteman, Retreats that Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites, Expanded Edition, ISBN 0-7879-8275-X
meeting in Arabic: اجتماعات
meeting in Danish: Møde
meeting in German: Besprechung
meeting in Esperanto: Konferenco
meeting in French: Rencontre
meeting in Malay (macrolanguage): Mesyuarat
meeting in Dutch: Vergadering
meeting in Dutch Low Saxon: Vergaorige
meeting in Japanese: 会議
meeting in Swedish: Sammanträde

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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