chautauqua

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noun, often capitalized chau·tau·qua \shə-ˈtȯ-kwə\

Definition of chautauqua

  1. :  any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays, and that were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York

Origin and Etymology of chautauqua

Chautauqua Lake


First Known Use: 1873


Chautauqua

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geographical name Chau·tau·qua \shə-ˈtȯ-kwə\

Definition of Chautauqua

  1. lake 18 miles (29 kilometers) long in southwestern New York


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