town hall


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

Examples of town hall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Haley stoked controversy most recently last December, after responding to a question about the cause of the Civil War during a New Hampshire town hall and failing to mention slavery. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 People packed a town hall meeting Wednesday night to demand the city kill the project. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024 According to Bradford and Wilson, company leadership also failed to attend or rescheduled multiple town hall meetings planned by the pair, including one last March. Tamia Fowlkes, Journal Sentinel, 14 Feb. 2024 Kinsley met with leaders in the health care industry while collaborating with Republican and Democratic legislators to plan town halls on improving access to mental health resources. Kiara Brantley-Jones, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Asked at a New Hampshire town hall broadcast in May about her refusal to expand the program, Haley responded with a word salad about job-creation programs her state had sponsored, rather than on addressing the healthcare needs of lower-income residents. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The segment references Trump’s response to Fox News’ Sean Hannity who asked about his use of power during a Davenport, Iowa, town hall. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 Instead of holding a traditional town hall Thursday, district officials held small-group conversations. Jimena Tavel, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 The skit itself was set during a South Carolina town hall, where prospective voters asked Johnson's portrayal of the former president questions. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of town hall was in the 15th century

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“Town hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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town hall

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