town meeting


: a meeting of inhabitants or taxpayers constituting the legislative authority of a town

Examples of town meeting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baucom, who hosted a town meeting to remember Madalina Tuesday, said the weeks-long delay in reporting Madalina's disappearance initially hindered his department's investigation. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 25 Nov. 2023 The agreement also required additional police training for mental health intervention, implicit bias and de-escalation for all officers, and required the towns to introduce new officers to the community through a town meeting and for the officers to remain on probation for one year. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Over four visits, journalists from WVUE and ProPublica reviewed court files, town meeting minutes, municipal ordinances and body camera video. Samantha Sunne, ProPublica, 16 Nov. 2023 At town meetings, neighbors have voiced their concerns about noise, water use and other effects. Jack Herrera, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 Newell, who was seeking a liquor license, alleged during an August town meeting that the Record illegally obtained information about a previous drunken driving conviction — which would jeopardize her application under Kansas law. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 In the fall of 1992, negotiators for Clinton insisted that a town meeting format be employed for one of his three debates with George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 15 May 2023 Amanda Brown attended the town meeting about Croydon’s schools, expecting nothing special; her husband, who had attended the earlier town meeting, did not attend with her. Peter Greene, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The Mount Airy Town Council voted 4-1 to approve the rate increase during a town meeting Aug. 7. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 13 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of town meeting was in 1636

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“Town meeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

town meeting

: a meeting of townspeople to pass laws for the town

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