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

Examples of town hall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the town hall, Biden also offered a flavor of the moderate stance that helped win him purple states like Wisconsin in 2020. Alexandra Jaffe,, "Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools," 17 Feb. 2021 Hours before the town hall on Tuesday, Trump launched an attack on Republican Party leader Mitch McConnell, blaming the Senate majority leader for election losses and vowing to back primary challenges to GOP incumbents. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Biden says his administration will focus on 'demented' and 'dangerous' white supremacists," 16 Feb. 2021 People who have already tested positive for COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said during the town hall. Los Angeles Times, "Next in line for California’s COVID-19 vaccine? Teachers and first responders, panel says," 17 Dec. 2020 After the town hall, Guthrie jetted back to New York, enjoying a vodka soda with extra lime on the plane. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Savannah Guthrie and Kristen Welker Won the 2020 Election Coverage," 17 Dec. 2020 The one interesting tidbit harvested during the town hall involved Parma City Schools highlighting the need to consolidate. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma City Schools town hall meeting provides insight into district’s future strategic consolidation plan," 12 Dec. 2020 Since the weekend, the town hall has received dozens of calls criticizing Arai's dismissal, mostly coming from outside the town, said Kusatsu official Kenji Hagiwara. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Councilor who accused Japanese mayor of sexual assault voted out after locals said she 'degraded' women," 9 Dec. 2020 Across from the town hall, a rainbow flag could be seen hanging from a porch. NBC News, "'Your kind is not welcome': Homophobic confrontation sparks debate in Wyoming," 7 Dec. 2020 Stanko knew her as the owner of the Canyon Inn, a bar the Los Angeles Times once referred to as the the de-facto town hall of Harbison Canyon, a rural community west of Alpine. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County residents lost to COVID-19: 1,000 and counting," 1 Dec. 2020

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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 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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