a special group delegated to consider some matter
"a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle
committee, citizens committee(noun)
a self-constituted organization to promote something
a group of persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols
a guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.
Origin: comité, past participle of commettre, from committere, from con- + mittere.
one or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together
one to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian
Origin: [From Commit, v. t.]
A committee is a type of small deliberative assembly that is usually intended to remain subordinate to another, larger deliberative assembly—which when organized so that action on committee requires a vote by all its entitled members, is called the "Committee of the Whole". Committees often serve several different functions: ⁕Governance: in organizations considered too large for all the members to participate in decisions affecting the organization as a whole, a committee is given the power to make decisions, spend money, or take actions. Some or all such powers may be limited or effectively unlimited. For example of the later case, the Board of directors can frequently enter into binding contracts and make decisions which once taken or made, can't be taken back or undone under the law. ⁕Coordination: individuals from different parts of an organization might meet regularly to discuss developments in their areas, review projects that cut across organizational boundaries, talk about future options, etc. Where there is a large committee, it is common to have smaller committees with more specialized functions - for example, Boards of Directors of large corporations typically have an audit committee, finance committee, compensation committee, etc. Large academic conferences are usually organized by a co-ordinating committee drawn from the relevant professional body.
The Roycroft Dictionary
A thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'committee' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #518
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'committee' in Written Corpus Frequency: #481
Rank popularity for the word 'committee' in Nouns Frequency: #157
The numerical value of committee in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of committee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A camel is a horse designed by committee.
If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes.
Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society violence punctuated by committee meetings.
Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.
The (Treasury) Committee is concerned about allegations involving HSBC and its Swiss private bank, banks have repeatedly told the Committee that, since the crisis, they have put in place reforms to ensure that they operate on the basis of sharply improved standards. The Committee will need reassurance that they have done so in private banking.
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Translations for committee
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- комисия, комитетBulgarian
- výbor, komiseCzech
- Ausschuß, KomiteeGerman
- tuteur, gardien, comité, commission, curateurFrench
- comataidhScottish Gaelic
- ועדה, ממונהHebrew
- panitia, panitera, komiteIndonesian
- 위원회, 委員會Korean
- komîte, deste, kom, lijneKurdish
- panitia, lajnah, komite, komiti, jawatankuasaMalay
- komitéNorwegian Nynorsk
- comité, comissãoPortuguese
- комиссия, опекун, комитетRussian
- komitet, комитет, časništvo, odbor, одбор, часништвоSerbo-Croatian
- komisia, výborSlovak
- nämnd, kommitté, utskottSwedish
- uỷ banVietnamese
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