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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cau"cus
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.

Etymology: Etymology uncertain. Mr. J. H. Trumbull finds the origin of caucus in the N. A. Indian word cawcawwassough or ca├║ cau-as'u one who urges or pushes on, a promoter. See citation for an early use of the word caucus

verb Cau"cus
To hold, or meet in, a caucus or caucuses.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A closed political meeting
  2. Meet to select a candidate or promote a policy
Wiktionary

Unknown. One possible source is Algonquin cawaassough or caucauasu (“counselor, elder, adviser”). A popular folk etymology attested in Great Leaders and National Issues of 1896 stated: "In the early part of the eighteenth century a number of caulkers connected with the shipping business in the North End of Boston held a meeting for consultation. That meeting was the germ of the political caucuses which have formed so prominent a feature of our government ever since its organization."American Heritage Dictionary states the term is taken from the Caucus Club of Boston in the 1760s, possibly derived from Medieval Latin caucus, drinking vessel.

  1. (US) 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.
  2. (US, Canada) A grouping of all the members of a legislature from the same party.

caucus was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Fun Facts about the name Caucus

  • How unique is the name Caucus? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Caucus was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Caucus: Your name in reverse order is Sucuac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cuucas. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Caucus born Aug 3, 1976

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North of Latin America approximately on 800. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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