town meeting


Definition of 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 And earlier this year, town meeting members in Brookline, Mass., approved a measure that requires free menstrual products to be available in all all town-owned public women’s restrooms by 2021. Daniela Altimari,, "Seeking to end period stigma, teen activists push for access to free menstrual supplies," 14 Oct. 2019 Another 150 would-be supporters waited on the sidewalk to be rewarded with an impromptu two-minute greeting from the candidate and an audio feed of the town meeting. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Arguing the World," 15 Aug. 2019 In a 200-3 vote at a town meeting—the form of citizen government employed by many New England towns—Brookline residents approved a plan to block gas hookups in new homes and in major renovations. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Cities Look to Natural Gas Bans to Curb Carbon Emissions," 25 Nov. 2019 But decisions on whether — and how — to build it rest almost entirely with local officials: mayors, town meetings, and planning boards., "last fall together pledged to permit 185,000 new units of housing by 2030," 29 Oct. 2019 Three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people. NBC News, "Trump finds himself fighting political wars on two fronts," 10 Oct. 2019 Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst told fans at a town meeting that the team would eventually extend a contract extension to Giannis Antetokounmpo — his own player. Bruce Jenkins,, "Somebody tell the NBA that tampering is essential," 2 Nov. 2019 Sanders said in Manchester, N.H. on Sept. 30, at a Medicare for All small business town meeting. NBC News, "Meet the Press Blog: Latest news, analysis and data driving the political discussion," 4 Oct. 2019 Usually, town meetings are attended by few — if any — residents. Emily Brindley,, "Avon commission denies zone change for controversial Nod Road development," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of town meeting

1636, in the meaning defined above

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“Town meeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of town meeting

: a meeting of the people who live in a town to pass laws for the town or to discuss town problems, issues, etc.

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