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town meeting

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How about that "committee of one" self-appointed at town meeting?

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Most people thought it as fine as his memorable effort at town meeting.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Once while his guest at Amesbury, I went with him to town meeting.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • It belonged to Thomas Keats, then on his way home from town meeting.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • Would—would you be willing for us to tell the town meeting that?

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • Oh, Coniston, that such scenes should take place in your town meeting!

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for town meeting

town meeting

noun (US)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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