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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Facebook employees expressed anger about Mr. Luckey on internal message boards and at a weekly town hall meeting in late September 2016, questioning why he was still employed, according to people familiar with the complaints. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive? Hint: It Had Something to Do With Trump," 11 Nov. 2018 Additionally, consider attending town hall and school board meetings. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the town hall, main square, and church would become open-air communal spaces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "An entire town in the Swiss Alps is becoming a hotel," 4 Oct. 2018 For more than two decades, following a neighborhood campaign to save what was once a dwindling congregation, the building has served as a civic center, informal town hall, and multifaith house of worship. Anya Van Wagtendonk,, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 The interest in the race was evident Sunday, when more than 200 people crowded into an unairconditioned town hall auditorium on a beautiful July afternoon to hear Glassman and Hayes speak. Daniela Altimari,, "In The 5th District Democratic Primary, Accord On The Issues But Differences In Style," 8 July 2018 Add a stable, a town hall, a woodcutter, et cetera. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Dead Island 2 revival, Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC and Shenmue on PC," 6 July 2018 Mint Hill: town hall, Tuesday; live music and festival, 7 p.m. charlotteobserver, "Want to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks? Here's when and where to see them.," 2 July 2018 That was to be the subject of a Google town hall the same week Damore was fired. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google toughens rules on internal harassment after James Damore firing roils staff," 27 June 2018

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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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