Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. A closed meeting of party members within a legislative body to decide on questions of policy or leadership.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Chiefly British A committee within a political party charged with determining policy.
  • intransitive v. To assemble in or hold a caucus.
  • transitive v. To assemble or canvass (members of a caucus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A grouping of all the members of a legislature from the same party.
  • v. To meet and participate in caucus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To hold, or meet in, a caucus or caucuses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To meet in caucus; come together and confer.
  • n. In U. S. politics:
  • n. A local meeting of the voters of a party to nominate candidates for local offices, or to elect delegates to a convention for the nomination of more important officers.
  • n. A similar congressional, legislative, or other gathering of leading members of a party for conference as to party measures and policy.
  • n.
  • n. Any meeting of managers or of interested persons for the purpose of deciding upon a line of policy, an arrangement of business, etc., to be brought before a larger meeting, as a convention.
  • n. In Eng. politics, a large local committee of voters for the management of all electioneering business of its party: called the Birmingham system, from its introduction at Birmingham about 1880.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a closed political meeting
  • v. meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

Etymologies

After the Caucus Club of Boston (in the 1760s), possibly from Medieval Latin caucus, drinking vessel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. One possible source is Algonquin caucauasu ("counselor, elder, adviser"). (Wiktionary)

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  • caucus, then press us together, so that we may never be apart....

    May 25, 2009

  • Awful word.

    April 23, 2007