Meaning of caucus

cau•cus

Pronunciation: (kô'kus), [key]
— n., pl. v. -cus•es,
—n.
  1. the Women's Caucus; the Black Caucus.
    1. a meeting of party leaders to select candidates, elect convention delegates, etc.
    2. a meeting of party members within a legislative body to select leaders and determine strategy.
    3. (often cap.) a faction within a legislative body that pursues its interests through the legislative process:the Women's Caucus; the Black Caucus.
  2. any group or meeting organized to further a special interest or cause.
—v.i.
  1. to hold or meet in a caucus.
—v.t.
  1. to bring up or hold for discussion in a caucus: The subject was caucused. The group caucused the meeting.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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