Chautauqua

[shuh-taw-kwuh, chuh-]
noun
1.
a lake in SW New York. 18 miles (29 km) long.
2.
a village on this lake: summer educational center.
3.
an annual educational meeting, originating in this village in 1874, providing public lectures, concerts, and dramatic performances during the summer months, usually in an outdoor setting.
4.
(usually lowercase) any similar assembly, especially one of a number meeting in a circuit of communities.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to a system of education flourishing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, originating at Lake Chautauqua, New York.
6.
(usually lowercase) pertaining to a chautauqua: a chautauqua program.
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chautauqua (ʃəˈtɔːkwə)
 
n
(in the US, formerly) a summer school or educational meeting held in the summer
 
[C19: named after Chautauqua, a lake in New York near which such a school was first held]

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Chautauqua
1873, from town in N.Y., from ja'dahgweh, a Seneca (Iroquoian) name, possibly "one has taken out fish there," but an alternative suggested meaning is "raised body." Methodist summer colony there featured lectures from 1874.
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Chautauqua lake is located entirely within chautauqua county, new york, usa.
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