caucus

noun
cau·​cus | \ ˈkȯ-kəs How to pronounce caucus (audio) \

Definition of caucus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 a presidential caucus also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause

caucus

verb
caucused; caucusing; caucuses

Definition of caucus (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to meet in or hold a caucus The committee caucused to select the most promising candidates.

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Noun

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.

Examples of caucus in a Sentence

Noun the National Women's Political Caucus Verb Democrats caucused last week to choose their candidates.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Overnight Thursday, caucus members struck a deal with Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, to add language to a public safety bill that includes additional accountability measures tied to receiving the funds. Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 What that service [in House leadership] is will be dependent upon my caucus members, some of whom are here already, others of whom will be coming in November. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Some Senate Democratic caucus members remain uncommitted. Alexa Corse, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The make-or-break issue is whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will let 10 of his GOP caucus members support the narrow insulin pricing policy to get it across the finish line. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 4 May 2022 The Senate is evenly split, with 50 Democratic caucus members and 50 Republican members. Dylan Wells, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 Muñoz told other caucus members that there was substantially more money in the CPRC fund, prosecutors said. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 17 Mar. 2022 Some caucus members asked why Edwards did not speak out or follow up more forcefully when informed of the circumstances. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2022 Some caucus members asked why Edwards did not speak out or follow up more forcefully when informed of the circumstances. CBS News, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats have a slim 50-50 majority in the Senate (including 2 Independents who caucus with Democrats) and Vice President Kamala Harris as a tiebreaker. Jason Donner, Fox News, 15 July 2022 Eight Republicans joined 46 senators who caucus with the Democrats in advancing the nomination of Ms. Brainard on Monday. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 If all 10 remain on board and join with all 50 members of the Democratic majority — including the two independents who caucus with them — the measure could overcome a filibuster. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 12 June 2022 If all 10 remain on board and join with all 50 members of the Democratic majority — including the two independents who caucus with them — the measure could overcome a filibuster. Nolan D. Mccaskill And Jennifer Haberkorn, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who voted last year with all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats to confirm Judge Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 But unless ill health strikes one of the 50 senators who caucus with the Democratic Party, Jackson's confirmation to the high court is all but assured. Joel Mathis, The Week, 22 Mar. 2022 All 50 Senate Democrats, including two independents who caucus with them, are expected to vote for her confirmation. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 6 Apr. 2022 The overall totals for Democrats include earmarks obtained by independents who caucus with them. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of caucus

Noun

1800, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caucus

Noun

origin unknown

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caucus

noun
cau·​cus | \ ˈkȯ-kəs How to pronounce caucus (audio) \

Legal Definition of caucus

: 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

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caucus intransitive verb

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