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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From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India," 21 Sep. 2018 Some in the media like to treat politics like a horserace, but the people who cried out at town halls and protested the NRA knew better. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 The two-story town hall, at 740 Main St., was built in 1937. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "East Hartford Town Hall Repair Costs Increase By $2 Million-Plus," 11 July 2018 Stankey got a taste of life under the microscope on Friday, during the third in a trio of town hall-style meetings held for employees of HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner, respectively. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "“How’s He Gonna React When There’s a Scandal?”: CNN Begins Its New Day Under John Stankey," 26 June 2018 Nothing was addressed regarding TVCs, though people did ask about that in the town hall. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Months ago, the discontent some African-American voters have been feeling toward her over the lack of her presence in their neighborhoods bubbled over into public view at a town hall with state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., a Democrat from St. Louis. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Republican Josh Hawley defeats Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate race," 7 Nov. 2018 According to the town hall, the Great Barrington farmers market has seen an 80 percent increase in visitors the last year, and that’s largely thanks to an influx of environmentally conscious millennials now interested in the area. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Wagner turned testy when asked about the event during a town hall meeting Wednesday in Westmoreland County, accusing the questioner of trying to embarrass him. Chris Brennan,, "Nancy Pelosi pals around with convicted tax dodger at Dems fundraiser in Philly," 13 July 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a town government's main building

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

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