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 The Epic case was discussed on Capitol Hill last month when a Senate antitrust subcommittee held a hearing examining the power of app stores. Tim Higgins And Brent Kendall, WSJ, 2 May 2021 On Friday, the antitrust subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine proposals for Congress to help small publishers compete in the digital marketplace. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, 10 Mar. 2021 As a member of the Senate’s cybersecurity subcommittee, David Perdue has raised alarms that hackers from overseas pose a threat to U.S. computer networks. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, the House antitrust subcommittee recently concluded an extensive investigation into competition issues in tech that resulted in bipartisan agreement on the need to strengthen federal antitrust laws. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 20 Oct. 2020 Last week, all three survivors and descendants made emotional testimonies before a U.S. House subcommittee asking that the Tulsa Race Massacre be acknowledged. Paulina Cachero, Time, 29 May 2021 Back in 2007, a Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on legislation authored by the late Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. Donna M. Owens, Essence, 24 May 2021 Hughes Van Ellis told the subcommittee on Wednesday. Chris Casteel, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 In more than three hours of testimony before a House subcommittee, the chief executive, Robert G. Kramer, calmly acknowledged unsanitary conditions, including mold and peeling paint, at the Baltimore plant. New York Times, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of subcommittee

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcommittee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subcommittee

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


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

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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