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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Recent Examples on the Web Delta representatives have also attended town hall meetings to hear residents' concerns and paid for health screenings for people exposed to the fuel. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Los Angeles high school students sue Delta over jet fuel dump," 12 Feb. 2020 The process will start with town hall meetings at the four participating locations this week. Janelle Bitker,, "Tartine management declines workers’ union demands," 10 Feb. 2020 The plan is the end result of a long process that included several town hall meetings and thousands of written and verbal comments from the public. oregonlive, "Hiking permits confirmed for central Cascades, but some fees called off," 6 Feb. 2020 Since the Democrat was sworn in a year ago, Robinson has held town hall meetings in other cities. John Benson, cleveland, "State Rep. Phil Robinson to discuss job creation, state budget at Seven Hills town hall meeting," 27 Jan. 2020 The Democrat has pledged to make the Southern Indiana city more financially transparent and has advocated for restoring private property rights and seeking residents' opinions at town hall meetings. The Courier-Journal, "Who are the most influential people in Kentucky? Here are 20 to watch in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 The town hall meetings will begin in Monticello on Jan. 21 and end April 2 in El Dorado, according to the department. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas governor makes clear: Road-fix tax tops '20 list," 27 Nov. 2019 Looking for a better outcome, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has been hosting town hall meetings around the county to get input from residents and drum up support in advance of a November 2020 ballot proposal. Ryan Gillespie,, "Osceola creates $200 million ‘Band-Aid’ to widen clogged roads," 22 Nov. 2019 The final in a series of three town hall-style meetings hosted by Carroll County Public Schools to discuss budget priorities is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the media center at South Carroll High School. Catalina Righter,, "Town hall on Carroll school district funding priorities scheduled," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of town hall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Town hall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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