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Definition of "caucus" []

  • A meeting of the local members of a political party especially to select delegates to a convention or register preferences for candidates running for office. (noun)
  • A closed meeting of party members within a legislative body to decide on questions of policy or leadership. (noun)
  • A group within a legislative or decision-making body seeking to represent a specific interest or influence a particular area of policy: a minority caucus. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A committee within a political party charged with determining policy. (noun)
  • To assemble in or hold a caucus. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caucus" in a sentence
  • "Winning in caucus is not democratic, its more like a boiling room brawl, muscling people."
  • "The term caucus apparently comes from an Algonquin word meaning "gathering of tribal chiefs," and the main crux of the caucus system today is indeed a series of meetings."
  • "Some of these discussions have bordered on the absurd: as I recounted in my post on the politics of the term 'mommy blogger,' I once had the unique pleasure of debating the question of whether or not the term caucus - as in, should we form a women's caucus in order to have a forum for women's issues in the department?"