- a hall or building belonging to a town, used for the transaction of the town's business and often also as a place of public assembly.
Origin of town hall
First recorded in 1475–85
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Vitter has been holding a series of town-hall meetings and tele-town-hall meetings, signaling the obvious intention.There’s No Getting Rid of David Vitter, America’s Most Contemptible Senator
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I visited Ohio the week before the election for a Cleveland town-hall meeting to generate enthusiasm for the Romney-Ryan ticket.Obama’s Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election
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She spoke at churches, in town-hall meetings and at schools.Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Back Painful Memories for the Moms of Mass Killers
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When a town-hall questioner named Barry spoke, someone yelled “YEA BARRY!”Anxious Moments and Dry Humor for Obama Faithful Watching Debate in Park Slope
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And both men mixed it up early and often as if they were surrounded by a ringside crowd rather than a town-hall crowd.Brett O’Donnell: Obama Won on Points, But Romney’s Got the Edge
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The magistrates sat on the bench in the town-hall of Helstonleigh.The Channings
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They say that they are gone to the Town-hall to fetch the order for Tilly's horse to withdraw.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
And he ended by undertaking to deliver the town-hall over to them in ten minutes.
It was necessary to shut the town-hall doors in all haste, in order to deliberate.
Rougon went back to the town-hall, and prepared for the ambush.
- the chief building in which municipal business is transacted, often with a hall for public meetings