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)
Origin of caucus
Examples from the Web for caucuses
And keep in mind that when Huckabee ran for president in 2008, he won the Iowa caucuses.
It is a linguistic wish for the same kind of campaign that catapulted Barack Obama forward from the caucuses.The Coronation That Wants to Be a Movement: Scenes From Hillary’s Iowa Steak Fry|Ana Marie Cox|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Iowa caucuses are still nearly a year and a half away and a lot can happen in the meantime.
With 18 months to go until the 2016 Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential hopefuls are nowhere to be found in the Hawkeye State.Iowa Has a Phantom Democratic Presidential Candidates Problem|Ben Jacobs|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike a primary, caucuses for Democrats in Iowa have viability thresholds.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Likely To Flop Against Hillary In Iowa|Ben Jacobs|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I fancy they discharge their duties in voting rather faithfully, though they do not often take part in caucuses or conventions.Literature and Life|William Dean Howells
The first caucuses, it would appear, were held in a caulkers' shop in Boston, and were called caulkers' meetings.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
I heard much of the same people in the house of ill-fame as those of whom you hear in caucuses, in law courts, and on 'Change.'The Great Acceptance|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
In fact, even the deliberations of the workmen's caucuses must have been known to Gage.The Siege of Boston|Allen French
The first of these caucuses was held shortly before the Schmitz-Ruef board took office.'The System,' as uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution|Franklin Hichborn
British Dictionary definitions for caucuses
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
Culture definitions for caucuses
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.