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From commit + -ee, else revival of Anglo-Norman commite, past participle of commettre (“to commit”), from Latin committere, from con- (“with”) + mittere (“to send”). The OED3 prefers the first etymology.
- group of persons
- person in charge of another
committee (plural committees)
- A body of one or more persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose, typically with formal protocols.
- My uncle is on the committee.
- (archaic) A guardian; someone in charge of another person deemed to be unable to look after himself or herself.
- → French: comité (see there for further descendants)
group of persons convened for the accomplishment of some specific purpose
guardian — see guardian