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[kuh-mit-ee] /kəˈmɪt i/
a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter.
Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.
Origin of committee
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see commit, -ee
Related forms
committeeism, committeeship, noun
Can be confused
board, committee, council, panel, trust.
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  • Mr. Roebuck gave notice of the appointment of his committee.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It fell to young Ried to appoint the committee on decoration.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "Your committee," said Mr. Durant, politely ignoring the manner of the questioner.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • But the discretion of the committee must be an informed discretion.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The advance booking, however, was more than 400, and the committee would not hear of it.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for committee


(kəˈmɪtɪ). a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
(ˌkɒmɪˈtiː). (formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a court See also receiver (sense 2)
Word Origin
C15: from committen to entrust + -ee
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Word Origin and History for committee

1620s, from commit + -ee, or else a revival of Anglo-French commite, past participle of commettre "to commit," from Latin committere "to unite, connect" (see commit). Originally "person to whom something is committed" (late 15c.); from 17c. in reference to a body of such people.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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