Definition of committee in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈmidē/


1 [treated as singular or plural] A group of people appointed for a specific function, typically consisting of members of a larger group: the housing committee [as modifier]: a committee meeting
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  • An emergency meeting of the committee members met last Friday to decide what action to take.
  • The committee members attended a function in the Civic Offices last Friday night.
  • All families who use our services, and past committee members and staff are welcome.
board, council, brain trust
1.1A group of people appointed by a legislature to consider the details of proposed legislation: there was much scrutiny in committee
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  • He agreed with much Mr Kearley had said, and would be prepared to consider amendments in committee.
  • If no one objects, it will be discussed in further detail in committee, before moving on to the House of Commons.
  • Several committees of the European Parliament had recommended such a course of action before any agreement was concluded.
2ˌkämiˈtē Law A person entrusted with the charge of another person or another person’s property.
2.1chiefly US A person who has been judicially committed to the charge of another because of insanity or mental disability.


Late 15th century (in the general sense 'person to whom something has been entrusted'): from commit + -ee.

Words that rhyme with committee

banditti, bitty, chitty, city, ditty, gritty, intercity, kitty, megacity, nitty-gritty, Pitti, pity, pretty, slitty, smriti, spitty, vittae, witty

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Syllabification: com·mit·tee

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