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Related to caucus: caucus race, Black Caucus
n. pl. cau·cus·es or cau·cus·ses
a. 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.
b. A closed meeting of party members within a legislative body to decide on questions of policy or leadership.
c. 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.
2. Chiefly British A committee within a political party charged with determining policy.
v. cau·cused, cau·cus·ing, cau·cus·es or cau·cussed or cau·cus·sing or cau·cus·ses
To assemble in or hold a caucus.
To assemble or canvass (members of a caucus).
[After the Caucus Club of Boston, an influential Colonial political organization around the time of the American Revolution , perhaps from Medieval Latin caucus, drinking vessel, variant of Latin caucum; akin to Greek kaukos (both Greek and Latin being borrowed from the same unknown source).]
n, pl -cuses
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly
a. a closed meeting of the members of one party in a legislative chamber, etc, to coordinate policy, choose candidates, etc
b. such a bloc of politicians: the Democratic caucus in Congress.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly
a. a group of leading politicians of one party
b. a meeting of such a group
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly US a local meeting of party members
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit a group or faction within a larger group, esp a political party, who discuss tactics, choose candidates, etc
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Austral a group of MPs from one party who meet to discuss tactics, etc
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) NZ a formal meeting of all Members of Parliament belonging to one political party
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (intr) to hold a caucus
[C18: probably of Algonquian origin; related to caucauasu adviser]
n., pl. -cus•es, n.
a. a meeting of the members of a political party to select candidates or convention delegates, determine policy, etc.
b. a faction within a legislative body that pursues its interests through the legislative process: the black caucus.
2. any group or meeting organized to further a special interest or cause.v.i.
3. to hold or meet in a caucus.
[1755–65, Amer.; appar. first used by the Caucus Club of colonial Boston]
Caucusan inner committee, usually political, that works behind the main party.
Past participle: caucused
A meeting of members of a political party to choose candidates or delegates or decide on matters of policy.
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