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town meeting

noun
1.
a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town.
2.
(especially in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town.
Origin of town meeting
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40
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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)
1.
an assembly of the inhabitants of a town
2.
(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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