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[shuh-taw-kwuh, chuh-] /ʃəˈtɔ kwə, tʃə-/
Lake, a lake in SW New York. 18 miles (29 km) long.
a village on this lake: summer educational center.
an annual educational meeting, originating in this village in 1874, providing public lectures, concerts, and dramatic performances during the summer months, usually in an outdoor setting.
(usually lowercase) any similar assembly, especially one of a number meeting in a circuit of communities.
of or relating to a system of education flourishing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, originating at Lake Chautauqua, New York.
(usually lowercase) pertaining to a chautauqua:
a chautauqua program. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was now able to come with more or less regularity to Chautauqua, and gave the opening address of the season.

    The Story of Chautauqua Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • So many questions about Chautauqua, so much to tell that delighted him.

    The Chautauqua Girls At Home Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  • The thirty-sixth session of Chautauqua was epoch making in the development of material resources.

    The Story of Chautauqua Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • Among varieties, Concord reigns supreme in the Chautauqua belt.

  • It was typical, and twenty millions are reported to be listening to such addresses in Chautauqua tents the country over.

    The Story of Chautauqua Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • How do you interpret Professor James's reaction to the Chautauqua?

  • The success of the Chautauqua movement indicates how many there are that are bent upon improving themselves.

    The Arena Various
  • I guess there were as many as two hundred Chautauqua salutes after that touchdown.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Something should be said just here concerning the ticket-system of Chautauqua.

    The Story of Chautauqua Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • Chautauqua; any place outside the offices of the State Department.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
British Dictionary definitions for Chautauqua


(in the US, formerly) a summer school or educational meeting held in the summer
Word Origin
C19: named after Chautauqua, a lake in New York near which such a school was first held
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chautauqua

"assembly for popular education," 1873, from town in New York, U.S., where an annual Methodist summer colony featured lectures. The name is from ja'dahgweh, a Seneca (Iroquoian) name, possibly "one has taken out fish there," but an alternative suggested meaning is "raised body."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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