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  1. 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.
  2. standing committee.
  3. Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.

Origin of committee

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see commit, -ee
Related formscom·mit·tee·ism, com·mit·tee·ship, noun
Can be confusedboard committee council panel trust

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of committee

Historical Examples of committee

  • Mr. Roebuck gave notice of the appointment of his committee.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It fell to young Ried to appoint the committee on decoration.

  • "Your committee," said Mr. Durant, politely ignoring the manner of the questioner.

  • But the discretion of the Committee must be an informed discretion.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The advance booking, however, was more than 400, and the committee would not hear of it.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for committee


  1. (kəˈmɪtɪ) a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
  2. (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
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Word Origin and History for committee

1620s, from commit + -ee, or else a revival of Anglo-French commite, past participle of commettre "to commit," from Latin committere "to unite, connect" (see commit). Originally "person to whom something is committed" (late 15c.); from 17c. in reference to a body of such people.

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