select committee


noun

a committee, as of a legislative body, that is formed to examine and report on a specific bill or issue.

Nearby words

  1. selden,
  2. selden, john,
  3. seldom,
  4. seldomly,
  5. select,
  6. selecta,
  7. selectance,
  8. selectee,
  9. selection,
  10. selection rule

Origin of select committee

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

Also called special committee.

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British Dictionary definitions for select committee

select committee

noun

(in Britain) a small committee composed of members of parliament, set up by either House of Parliament to investigate and report back on a specified matter of interest
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