- a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town.
- (especially in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town.
Origin of town meeting
First recorded in 1630–40
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Examples from the Web for town meeting
Thirty-six years before there had been a town-meeting in Coniston and a surprise.Coniston, Complete
The only bear-gardens in our community are the town-meeting and the caucus.
It was what might be called the first town-meeting in America.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field
Charles Carleton Coffin
Action of the Boston town-meeting and the Massachusetts convention.The Colonization of North America
Herbert Eugene Bolton
Communities have outgrown the folk-moot and the town-meeting.The New Freedom
- an assembly of the inhabitants of a town
- (esp in New England) an assembly of the qualified voters of a town. Such a meeting may exercise all the powers of local government
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