committee

noun com·mit·tee \ kə-ˈmi-tē , sense 1 also ˌkä-mi-ˈtē \
Updated on: 12 May 2018
1 archaic : a person to whom a charge or trust is committed
2 a : a body of persons delegated to consider, investigate, take action on, or report on some matter
  • an advisory committee
; specifically : a group of fellow legislators chosen by a legislative body to give consideration to legislative matters
  • The bill has been sent back to committee.
b : a self-constituted organization for the promotion of a common object
  • the Olympic Committee
  • the Northwest Wildlife Committee
c US sports, informal : a group of players on a team who share a particular role in the team's play instead of having an individual player principally assigned to that role
  • After going with a committee of running backs last season, the Chiefs were hoping Bam Morris would be able to go the full 16 games as the feature runner, something he has never done in his career.
  • —Bob Fedas

Examples of committee in a Sentence

  1. We're waiting for recommendations from the advisory committee.

  2. The bill has been referred back to committee.

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Origin and Etymology of committee

Middle English commyttee, from committen "to commit" + -ee 1-ee
Note: Stress on the penultimate syllable is perhaps by association with Latin comitia comitia.


COMMITTEE Defined for English Language Learners

committee

  • : a group of people who are chosen to do a particular job or to make decisions about something


COMMITTEE Defined for Kids

committee

noun com·mit·tee \ kə-ˈmi-tē \
: a group of persons appointed or elected to study a problem, plan an event, or perform a specific duty

Law Dictionary

committee

noun com·mit·tee
1 : a person to whom a charge (as an incompetent) is committed — compare conservator, curator, guardian, tutor
2 a : a body of persons delegated or assigned to consider, investigate, act on, or report on some matter; especially : a group of fellow legislators chosen by a legislative body to consider legislative matters (as drafting bills or conducting hearings)
  • the Senate judiciary committee
— see also conference committee, joint committee
b : a private organization for the promotion of a common object
  • political action committees
— compare council


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