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caucus

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noun cau·cus \ˈkȯ-kəs\

Simple Definition of caucus

  • : a meeting of members of a political party for the purpose of choosing candidates for an election

  • : a group of people (such as members of the U.S. Congress) who meet to discuss a particular issue or to work together for a shared, usually political goal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caucus

  1. :  a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also :  a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause

Examples of caucus in a sentence

  1. the National Women's Political Caucus



Did You Know?

In February of 1763, John Adams reported that the Boston caucus club, a group of politically active city elders, would meet in the garret of Tom Dawes to choose Assessors, Collectors, Wardens, Fire Wards, and Representatives. He wrote that at the meetings, those present would smoke tobacco till you [could not] see from one end of the garret to the other. A similarly opaque smoke screen seems to shroud the history of the word caucus. Linguists can see that it is clearly an Americanism; Adams's use is the first known to link the word to such a political meeting. Beyond that, details are uncertain, but some scholars think caucus may have developed from an Algonquian term for a group of elders, leaders, or advisers.

Origin and Etymology of caucus

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1760


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caucus

verb cau·cus

Simple Definition of caucus

  • : to meet in a caucus

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caucus

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to meet in or hold a caucus

Examples of caucus in a sentence

  1. Democrats caucused last week to choose their candidates.



1788

First Known Use of caucus

1788

Rhymes with caucus


Law Dictionary

caucus

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noun cau·cus \ˈkȯ-kəs\

Legal Definition of caucus

  1. :  a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy

caucus

intransitive verb




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