Dictionary.com

committee

[ kuh-mit-ee ]
/ kəˈmɪt i /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: committee / committees on Thesaurus.com

noun

a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter.
Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate iscommitted.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of committee

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Anglo-French; see commit, -ee

grammar notes for committee

OTHER WORDS FROM committee

com·mit·tee·ism, com·mit·tee·ship, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH committee

board, committee , council, panel, trust
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for committee

British Dictionary definitions for committee

committee

noun

(kəˈmɪtɪ) a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
(ˌkɒmɪˈtiː) (formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a courtSee also receiver (def. 2)

Word Origin for committee

C15: from committen to entrust + -ee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
See Today's Synonym