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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The town hall-style meeting was the first stop in a listening tour by the search committee charged with finding a new leader for the company and the School of American Ballet, its academy. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "City Ballet Just Beginning Rare Search for Leader," 23 May 2018 Some schools will be holding a moment of silence before class begins, while others are holding town hall-style events or school-wide presentations about gun violence. Talia Richman,, "Some students in Baltimore area walk out to protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary," 20 Apr. 2018 Pelosi told about 100 people at a town hall-style event that Republican leaders intend to cut social security, Medicaid and Medicare to pay for the $2.2 trillion in cuts enacted in December, reported The Associated Press. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘How much are you worth, Nancy?’ Heckler spars with Pelosi at town hall on tax cuts | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Feb. 2018 The shake-up comes at the start of Mr. Sanders’s second presidential bid and was announced hours after his first major event of the campaign, a town hall meeting aired by CNN. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Creative Firm Quits Bernie Sanders Campaign," 26 Feb. 2019 With the vote coming in just a few weeks, the city has scheduled two town hall meetings to gather public comments and concerns on the sales tax ordinance. Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik to hold special election on marijuana tax," 16 Apr. 2018 Woodhouse said Protect Our Care will focus heavily on encouraging voters to contact Murkowski and Collins with rallies, protests, and pointed questions at town hall meetings. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Pricey ad wars launched in fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 At the town hall meeting, complaints were manifold. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s president, a former martial-arts champion, wrestles with some major problems," 17 June 2018 Three of the four candidates — Calley of Portland, Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton, and Saginaw-area physician Dr. Jim Hines — have debated the issues previously at about a dozen town hall meetings around the state. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Bill Schuette, Brian Calley trade blows in GOP gubernatorial debate," 9 May 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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