Definition of caucus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔkəs/

noun (plural caucuses)

1(In some US states) a meeting at which local members of a political party register their preference among candidates running for office or select delegates to attend a convention: Hawaii holds its nominating caucuses next Tuesday he stumbled through the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary
2A conference of members of a legislative body who belong to a particular party or faction: Mr. Kerry attended the morning caucus in the Old Senate Chamber where his fellow Democrats selected the new minority leadership
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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.
2.1The members of a legislative body who belong to a particular party or faction, considered as a group: he expected that 50 to 60 Republicans would join a united Democratic caucus in voting for a resolution condemning the idea
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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.
2.2An informal group composed of legislators who have shared concerns or interests: a member of the Congressional Black Caucus the Knesset's Christian allies caucus
A group within an organization or political party which meets independently to discuss strategy or tactics: up to fifty caucuses met daily on conference grounds to discuss lobbying strategies he was forced out by a hard-left caucus which had taken over his constituency party

verb (caucuses, caucusing, caucused)

chiefly US [no object]
1Hold or form a legislative caucus: Republicans briefly caucused there is one Independent who caucuses with the Democrats
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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.
1.1(Of a voter) attend an electoral caucus, especially on behalf of a particular candidate: more than half of those young people that caucused yesterday caucused for Barack Obama


mid 18th century: perhaps from Algonquian cau'-cau'-as'u 'adviser'.

Words that rhyme with caucus

Dorcas, glaucous, raucous
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