from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of people officially delegated to perform a function, such as investigating, considering, reporting, or acting on a matter. See Usage Note at collective noun.
- n. Archaic A person to whom a trust or charge is committed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a group of persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols
- n. a guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together.
- n. One to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One or more individuals to whom the care of the person or estate of another, as a lunatic, an imbecile, an inebriate, or an infant in law, is committed by the judge of a competent court.
- n. One or more persons elected or appointed to attend to any matter or business referred to them, as by a legislative body, a court, corporation, society, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a self-constituted organization to promote something
- n. a special group delegated to consider some matter
From Middle English committe, trustee, from Anglo-Norman comité, past participle of cometre, to commit, from Latin committere; see commit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(Can we verify(+) this etymology?) From English commit + -ee, else revival of Anglo-Norman commite, past participle of commettre ("to commit"), from Latin committere, from con- ("with") + mittere ("to send"). (Wiktionary)