committee ship


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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