a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter.
Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person's estate is committed.

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see commit, -ee

committeeism, committeeship, noun

board, bored, committee, council, panel, trust (see synonym study at trust).

See collective noun. Unabridged
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1.  a group of people chosen or appointed to perform a specified service or function
2.  See also receiver (formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a court
[C15: from committen to entrust + -ee]

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Word Origin & History

1621, revival of Anglo-Fr. commite, pp. of commettre "to commit," from L. committere (see commit). Orig. "person to whom something is committed" (1495), broadened 17c. to mean a body of such people.
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Example sentences
No committee or group can be held responsible for such a lack of due diligence.
Actually there is a committee of citizens that decides from the tens of
  thousands of requests what subjects appear on stamps.
Sometimes, the members of the search committee have name tags.
Do not rely on the bulleted items in your vita to articulate to the committee
  what your credentials are.
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