[goh-tuh-meet-n, -mee-ting]


Origin of go-to-meeting

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for go-to-meeting

Historical Examples of go-to-meeting

  • Very few men look their best in their Go-to-Meeting clothes.

    Red as a Rose is She

    Rhoda Broughton

  • Paddy, must we put on our best dresses when she comes—our Sunday go-to-meeting frocks, you know?

  • In the two closets of this chamber were mine hostess's cloak, best bonnet, and go-to-meeting apparel.

  • Directly an immigrant has landed, he feels that his first earnings must be devoted to a Sunday go-to-meeting suit.

    Town Life in Australia

    R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny

  • He wore neither wig nor gown, and had not even put on his Sunday go-to-meeting clothes.

    The Book of the Bush

    George Dunderdale

Word Origin and History for go-to-meeting

"suitable for use in a church or on Sundays," 1790, especially of clothes but the earliest recorded reference is to music.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper