noun, plural cau·cus·es.
- a meeting of party leaders to select candidates, elect convention delegates, etc.
- a meeting of party members within a legislative body to select leaders and determine strategy.
- (often initial capital letter)a faction within a legislative body that pursues its interests through the legislative process: the Women's Caucus; the Black Caucus.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- cauchy integral theorem,
- cauchy sequence,
- cauchy's inequality,
- cauchy-riemann equations,
- cauchy-schwarz inequality,
- cauda equina,
- cauda pancreatis,
Origin of caucus
Examples from the Web for caucused
King has caucused with the Democrats since being elected in 2012 but has said he is open to switching sides.The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November|Linda Killian|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Marianne Stewart of Cedar Falls needed repeated prodding to recall that she had caucused for Santorum.
One of the people who liked him was Jeanne Jennings of Johnston, who caucused for Santorum on Tuesday night.Santorum Wins Big Just by Exceeding Campaign Expectations in Iowa|Patricia Murphy|January 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
noun plural -cuses
- a closed meeting of the members of one party in a legislative chamber, etc, to coordinate policy, choose candidates, etc
- such a bloc of politiciansthe Democratic caucus in Congress
- a group of leading politicians of one party
- a meeting of such a group
Word Origin for caucus
1850, from caucus (n.), but caucusing is attested from 1788.
"private meeting of party leaders," 1763, American English (New England), perhaps from an Algonquian word caucauasu "counselor, elder, adviser" in the dialect of Virginia, or from the Caucus Club of Boston, a 1760s social & political club whose name possibly derived from Modern Greek kaukos "drinking cup." Another old guess is caulker's (meeting) [Pickering, 1816], but OED finds this dismissable.
caucus: "This noun is used throughout the United States, as a cant term for those meetings, which are held by the different political parties, for the purpose of agreeing upon candidates for office, or concerting any measure, which they intend to carry at the subsequent public, or town meetings." [John Pickering, "A Vocabulary, or Collection of Words and Phrases Which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America," Boston, 1816]
The word caucus, and its derivative caucusing, are often used in Boston. The last answers much to what we stile parliamenteering or electioneering. All my repeated applications to different gentlemen have not furnished me with a satisfactory account of the origin of caucus. It seems to mean, a number of persons, whether more or less, met together to consult upon adopting and prosecuting some scheme of policy, for carrying a favorite point. [William Gordon, "History, Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the United States of America," London, 1788]
A meeting of members of a political party to nominate candidates, choose convention delegates, plan campaign tactics, determine party policy, or select leaders for a legislature.