Definition of caucus in English:


Line breaks: cau¦cus
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːkəs

noun (plural caucuses)

  • 1(In North America and New Zealand) a meeting of the members of a legislative body who are members of a particular political party, to select candidates or decide policy: the Democrats held caucuses on 10 February
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    • An opposition party's legislative caucus can coordinate its members in policy promotion.
    • Party members had no opportunity to comment on these radical new ideas because Harris never allowed the booklet or its policies to be debated at a party meeting or a caucus of Conservative MPPs.
    • The US intends to have carefully-vetted regional caucuses select members of a provisional national assembly.
  • 1.1The members of a caucus: he could no longer count on the support of a majority of the parliamentary caucus
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    • ‘The caucuses should respect committee decisions, in line with the principles of professionalism and reciprocity,’ he said.
    • However, the caucuses of the Non-partisan Alliance and the TSU withdrew their consent yesterday, which resulted in an angry reaction from the KMT and the PFP.
    • Beijing has caused the two sides of the Strait to drift further apart and seriously hurt the feelings of the Taiwanese people, the caucus said in a statement.

verb (caucuses, caucusing, caucused)

[no object] chiefly North American Back to top  
  • Hold or form a caucus: Democrats caucus statewide on Sunday
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    • Inside they were all there, a big blob of nasty Iowans, caucusing away in one big terrifying ugly caucus.
    • Senator Hatch, the committee chairman, with five Republicans present, called the committee to order while the Democrats were off caucusing.
    • For starters, Townsend, a warehouse manager who also writes about arts, caucused for John McCain in early 2000.


mid 18th century (originally US): perhaps from Algonquian cau'-cau'-as'u 'adviser'.

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