town hall


Definition of town hall

1 : a public building used for town-government offices and meetings
2 : an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members Town halls have lost some of their spontaneity. The 80 or so undecided voters chosen for Tuesday's event must submit their questions in advance and moderator Candy Crowley of CNN will decide which people to call on.— Connie Cass

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This year’s Lebanon Farmers Market began on June 1, and is held every Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, in front of the town hall. Melanie Savage,, "Lebanon Farmers Market Begins For A New Season," 21 June 2019 The final town hall on the central area is on June 25, also at 6:30 p.m., at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Libby Solomon,, "In first town hall, Baltimore County police chief Melissa Hyatt says city department background will help her avoid 'pitfalls'," 20 June 2019 Enjoy a special meet and greet with local politicians at the Asti town hall, and learn about the historic sporting spectacle for which the town is known. National Geographic, "Italy: Hidden Treasures of the Northwest," 12 June 2019 At the town hall, Warren used a commercial break to shake hands with voters around the stage and introduce herself. NBC News, "Warren wishes handcuffs for Trump, says Biden wrong on abortion," 6 June 2019 Warren, however, reminded those at the town hall Wednesday that pundits once thought two recent presidents also couldn't get elected. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Warren: Biden wrong for continuing to support Hyde Amendment," 5 June 2019 The audience at the morning town hall was more racially diverse than the audiences from his recent appearances in San Francisco and Southern California. Joe Garofoli,, "Pete Buttigieg tries to diversify his campaign’s support by visiting Fresno," 3 June 2019 According to a recording of the town hall obtained by The New York Times, Stankey emphasized the need to expand both in content and subscribers, without losing the identity of the network that has long been associated with quality. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Your HBO Is Going to See Some Big Changes Now That AT&T Owns It. Critics Aren't So Sure They're Be Good," 9 July 2018 At the town hall, many New Yorkers seemed to disagree with this hands-off strategy, calling for Schumer to get all members of the Democratic party in line. Li Zhou, Vox, "Schumer faces the most important Supreme Court fight for Democrats in a generation," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of town hall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of town hall

: a town government's main building

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Kids Definition of town hall

: a public building used for offices and meetings of town government

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