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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caucus  \Cau"cus\,  n.  [Etymology  uncertain.  Mr  J.  H.  Trumbull 
  finds  the  origin  of  caucus  in  the  N.  A.  Indian  word 
  cawcawwassough  or  ca['u]  cau-as'u  one  who  urges  or  pushes  on 
  a  promoter.  See  citation  for  an  early  use  of  the  word 
  caucus.] 
  A  meeting,  especially  a  preliminary  meeting,  of  persons 
  belonging  to  a  party,  to  nominate  candidates  for  public 
  office,  or  to  select  delegates  to  a  nominating  convention,  or 
  to  confer  regarding  measures  of  party  policy;  a  political 
  primary  meeting. 
 
  This  day  learned  that  the  caucus  club  meets,  at  certain 
  times,  in  the  garret  of  Tom  Dawes,  the  adjutant  of  the 
  Boston  regiment.  --John  Adams's 
  Diary  [Feb., 
  1763]. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caucus  \Cau"cus\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Caucused};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Caucusing}.] 
  To  hold  or  meet  in  a  caucus  or  caucuses. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caucus 
  n  :  a  closed  political  meeting 
  v  :  meet  to  select  a  candidate  or  promote  a  policy 




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