Definition of Chautauqua in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHəˈtôkwə/
1A resort town in southwestern New York, on Chautauqua Lake, noted as the birthplace of a 19th-century popular education movement; population 4,510 (est. 2008).
Example sentences
  • Nicholson took regular study retreats to Chautauqua, N.Y., with fellow ministers and friends - including E. Kuhkmann, who completed the large painting.
  • In the ensuing years, hundreds came to Chautauqua each year to hear prominent speakers like Thomas Edison and Booker T. Washington.
  • The county seat is located at Mayville, in the town of Chautauqua, at the head of Chautauqua Lake.
1.1 [as noun] (also chautauqua) An institution offering popular adult education courses and entertainment, typically held outdoors in the summer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries: some sophisticate who had attended Chautauquas in other parts of the country
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  • It was a humorous chautauqua, and I did everything in Greek, including answering questions, but I also mimed the answers.
  • Through correspondence courses, university extension, journals like The Chautauquan, and especially reading circles, Chautauqua's influence spread widely.
  • The idea was born in the brain of Texas firebrand Jim Hightower and draws its inspiration from the old style Chautauqua - part country fair, part revival festival and pure grass roots democracy.
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