town meeting


Definition of town meeting

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the New England residents who traveled to the Capitol to join were business owners, carpenters, retirees, veterans, local political activists, a Natick town meeting member and a New Hampshire police chief. Zoe Greenberg,, "Trump’s presidency is ending, but his increasingly violent base will remain," 11 Jan. 2021 Towns also would be allowed to postpone the business or deliberative session of the annual town meeting at which budgets are adopted to later dates. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hank Aaron, skeptic’s mea culpa, vaccine campouts: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2021 In previous years, Vote Lake Bluff conducted an open town meeting in early December. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "In a pandemic-related twist, Lake Bluff set for contested village president race," 15 Dec. 2020 Format: The debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area. USA Today, "2020: Presidential debate schedule," 29 Sep. 2020 The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Frank Newport, a senior scientist at Gallup. USA Today, "2020: Presidential debate schedule," 29 Sep. 2020 The painting shows a New England town meeting, where a man stands to speak as the audience turns toward him. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Land of Free (and Fettered) Speech," 4 Sep. 2020 In June, Auburn High School science teacher Erik Berg found himself at a town meeting like no other. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why has New England handled the pandemic so well? Thank the Puritans.," 20 Aug. 2020 Several business owners spoke in favor of the ordinance at a the town meeting Tuesday. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Bluff becomes first town in Utah to require masks after Gov. Gary Herbert OKs more local control," 12 Aug. 2020

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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 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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