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caucus

noun cau·cus \ ˈkȯ-kəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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Examples of caucus in a Sentence

  1. the National Women's Political Caucus

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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


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caucus

verb

Definition of caucus

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

Examples of caucus in a Sentence

  1. Democrats caucused last week to choose their candidates.

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First Known Use of caucus

1788


CAUCUS Defined for English Language Learners

caucus

noun

Definition of caucus for English Language Learners

  • : 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


caucus

verb

Definition of caucus for English Language Learners

  • : to meet in a caucus


Law Dictionary

caucus

noun cau·cus \ ˈkȯ-kəs \

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

caucus

intransitive verb


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