meeting (n.)

"an action of coming together," Old English meting "assembly," verbal noun from meet (v.). Specific meaning "gathering of people for discussion, etc." is from 1510s. In 17c., in England and Ireland it was applied generally to worship assemblies of nonconformists, but this now is retained mostly by Quakers. In the early U.S., especially in rural districts, it was applied to any assemblage for religious worship.

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Definitions of meeting from WordNet

meeting (n.)
a formally arranged gathering;
next year the meeting will be in Chicago
the meeting elected a chairperson
Synonyms: group meeting
meeting (n.)
a small informal social gathering;
there was an informal meeting in my living room
Synonyms: get together
meeting (n.)
a casual or unexpected convergence;
he still remembers their meeting in Paris
Synonyms: encounter
meeting (n.)
the social act of assembling for some common purpose;
his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day
Synonyms: coming together / congress
meeting (n.)
the act of joining together as one;
there was no meeting of minds
Synonyms: merging / coming together
meeting (n.)
a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers);
Synonyms: confluence