sub·​com·​mit·​tee | \ ˈsəb-kə-ˌmi-tē How to pronounce subcommittee (audio) , ˌsəb-kə-ˈmi- \

Definition of subcommittee

: a subdivision of a committee usually organized for a specific purpose

Examples of subcommittee in a Sentence

The Senate has formed a subcommittee to set up an investigation.
Recent Examples on the Web Jazz fest officials were part of a 100-plus-person entertainment subcommittee that submitted a package of event reopening and safety recommendations to the state of Michigan in June. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit jazz fest goes virtual for 2020; Labor Day weekend event to air on web, TV, radio," 1 July 2020 The partisanship that has come to surround mask-wearing was on stark display on Capitol Hill on Friday, as House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., convened a hearing of the select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis. Anchorage Daily News, "Record surge in new infections exposes America’s coronavirus failures," 28 June 2020 Earlier this month, the subcommittee voted to recommend that the full medical board approve cachexia and reject anxiety and autism. cleveland, "Ohio board may allow medical marijuana for cachexia. What is it and could cannabis help?," 25 June 2020 The signatories included four members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, Tim Kaine, Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley, as well as Chris Van Hollen and Patrick Leahy, who sit on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing USAID. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "Democratic Senators Call for USAID to Investigate Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim Comments by Appointees," 18 June 2020 The House Oversight subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday on a Government Accountability Office report published in January that finds a significant lack of diversity at the State Department and recommends steps to address the problem. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why US diplomats are breaking silence on race, repression at home," 17 June 2020 The subcommittee estimates that millions of people have taken the tests. Kristen V Brown,, "Antibody Tests Are Everywhere Now and Confusing Everyone," 16 June 2020 The offer of Bezos's testimony follows pressure by members of the House antitrust subcommittee who have demanded the CEO appear before the panel. Brian Fung, CNN, "Amazon says Jeff Bezos is willing to testify before Congress following pressure from lawmakers," 15 June 2020 The discussion came as the board prepares for Police Chief Alfonso Morales' six-month evaluation and a subcommittee reviews the department's policies on use-of-force, crowd control and civil unrest. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police questioned on using tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters; oversight board starts review of use-of-force policies," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of subcommittee

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcommittee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of subcommittee

: a part of a committee that is organized for a certain purpose


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Legal Definition of subcommittee

: a subdivision of a committee that is assigned a portion of the committee's jurisdiction, holds hearings, amends legislation, and reports to the committee

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