[ kwawr-uh m, kwohr- ]
/ ˈkwɔr əm, ˈkwoʊr- /


the number of members of a group or organization required to be present to transact business legally, usually a majority.
a particularly chosen group.

Origin of quorum

First recorded in 1425–75, quorum is from the Latin word quōrum of whom; from a use of the word in commissions written in Latin specifying a quorum
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British Dictionary definitions for quorum

/ (ˈkwɔːrəm) /


a minimum number of members in an assembly, society, board of directors, etc, required to be present before any valid business can be transactedthe quorum is forty; we don't have a quorum

Word Origin for quorum

C15: from Latin, literally: of whom, occurring in Latin commissions in the formula quorum vos…duos (etc) volumus of whom we wish that you be…two
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Cultural definitions for quorum

[ (kwawr-uhm) ]

The minimum number of members of a committee or legislative body who must be present before business can officially or legally be conducted. In the United States Congress, for example, either house must have a majority (218 in the House of Representatives, 51 in the Senate) to have a quorum.

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