select committee



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

Origin of select committee

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
Also called special committee.

special committee

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for special committee

Contemporary Examples of special committee

  • A member of the audit committee engaged a special-committee counsel before that committee was composed.

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British Dictionary definitions for special committee

select committee


(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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