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town meeting

noun
  1. a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town.
  2. (especially in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town.
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Origin of town meeting

First recorded in 1630–40
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Historical Examples of town meeting

  • Thirty-six years before there had been a town-meeting in Coniston and a surprise.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • The only bear-gardens in our community are the town-meeting and the caucus.

  • It was what might be called the first town-meeting in America.

  • Action of the Boston town-meeting and the Massachusetts convention.

  • Communities have outgrown the folk-moot and the town-meeting.

    The New Freedom

    Woodrow Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for town meeting

town meeting

noun US
  1. an assembly of the inhabitants of a town
  2. (esp in New England) an assembly of the qualified voters of a town. Such a meeting may exercise all the powers of local government
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