committee

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a group of people dealing with a particular subject or problem

Commerce

  • noun an official group of people who organise or plan for a larger group

Law

  • noun a section of a legislature which considers bills passed to it by the main chamber
  • noun a person to whom something such as the charge of someone who is incapable of looking after himself or herself is officially given

Origin & History of “committee”

Committee was formed from the verb commit by adding the suffix -ee. Following the pattern of all such formations, it originally meant ‘person to whom something is committed’; it was not until the 17th century that the sense ‘body of people delegated to perform a particular function’ developed.
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