town meeting
noun Date: 1636 a meeting of inhabitants or taxpayers constituting the legislative authority of a town

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  • Town meeting — Town Town, n. [OE. toun, tun, AS. tun inclosure, fence, village, town; akin to D. tuin a garden, G. zaun a hadge, fence, OHG. zun, Icel. tun an inclosure, homestead, house, Ir. & Gael. dun a fortress, W. din. Cf. {Down}, adv. & prep., {Dune},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • town meeting — ☆ town meeting n. 1. a meeting of the people of a town 2. esp. in New England, a meeting of the qualified voters of a town to act upon town business …   English World dictionary

  • town meeting — noun count AMERICAN a meeting where people discuss problems affecting the town where they live a. a meeting at which the people of a town or city can meet a national politician to ask questions and talk about issues …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • town meeting — n AmE a meeting at which the people who live in a town discuss subjects or problems that affect their town …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Town meeting — A town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule, used primarily in portions of the United States since the 17th century, in which most or all the members of a community come together to legislate policy and budgets for local government. The… …   Wikipedia

  • town meeting — noun 1. government of a town by an assembly of the qualified voters (Freq. 4) • Hypernyms: ↑local government 2. a meeting of the inhabitants of a town (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑meeting, ↑group meeting * * * noun, p …   Useful english dictionary

  • town meeting — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms town meeting : singular town meeting plural town meetings American a meeting where people discuss problems affecting the town where they live …   English dictionary

  • town meeting — Synonyms and related words: airing, analysis, assembly, bicameral legislature, board of aldermen, buzz session, canvassing, chamber of deputies, city board, city council, collective farm, collectivism, collectivity, collegiality, colloquium,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • town meeting — meeting of residents of a town; legislative assembly held to pass town by laws and regulations; informal meeting in which a political candidate meets voters and addresses their concerns …   English contemporary dictionary

  • town meeting — town′ meet′ing n. 1) gov a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town 2) gov (esp. in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • town meeting — 1. a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town. 2. (esp. in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town. [1630 40] * * * Legislative assembly of a U.S. town in which all or some voters are empowered to conduct the… …   Universalium

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