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Meaning of CAUCUS

Pronunciation:  'kokus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a closed political meeting
  2. [v]  meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

CAUCUS is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet, meeting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cau"cus\, n. [Etymology uncertain. Mr. J. H. Trumbull
    finds the origin of caucus in the N. A. Indian word
    cawcawwassough or ca['u] cau-as'u one who urges or pushes on,
    a promoter. See citation for an early use of the word
    A meeting, especially a preliminary meeting, of persons
    belonging to a party, to nominate candidates for public
    office, or to select delegates to a nominating convention, or
    to confer regarding measures of party policy; a political
    primary meeting.
          This day learned that the caucus club meets, at certain
          times, in the garret of Tom Dawes, the adjutant of the
          Boston regiment.                         --John Adams's
                                                   Diary [Feb.,
  2. \Cau"cus\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caucused}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Caucusing}.]
    To hold, or meet in, a caucus or caucuses.
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