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  1. a committee, as of a legislative body, that is formed to examine and report on a specific bill or issue.

Origin of select committee

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
Also called special committee.

special committee

  1. select committee.
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select committee

  1. (in Britain) a small committee composed of members of parliament, set up by either House of Parliament to investigate and report back on a specified matter of interest
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