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 for Committee
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Committee \Com`mit*tee"\, n. [From Commit, v. t.] (Law)
     One to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as
     of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Committee \Com*mit"tee\, n. [Cf. OF. comit['e] company, and LL.
     comitatus jurisdiction or territory of a count, county,
     assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb
     commit, but not directly formed from it. Cf. County.]
     One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter
     or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by
     a court, or by any collective body of men acting together.
     [1913 Webster]
     Committee of the whole [house], a committee, embracing all
        the members present, into which a legislative or
        deliberative body sometimes resolves itself, for the
        purpose of considering a particular measure under the
        operation of different rules from those governing the
        general legislative proceedings. The committee of the
        whole has its own chairman, and reports its action in the
        form of recommendations.
     Standing committee. See under Standing.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a
           committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" -
           Milton Berle [syn: committee, commission]
      2: a self-constituted organization to promote something [syn:
         committee, citizens committee]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "committee":
     ad hoc committee, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, ball,
     board, body, brawl, cabinet, caucus, colloquium, commission,
     committee of one, conclave, concourse, congregation, congress,
     conventicle, convention, convocation, council, dance, date,
     delegation, deputation, diet, eisteddfod, festivity, fete,
     forgathering, forum, gathering, get-together, housewarming, levee,
     meet, meeting, mission, panel, party, plenum, prom, quorum, rally,
     reception, rendezvous, seance, session, shindig, sit-in, sitting,
     soiree, special committee, standing committee, subcommittee,
     symposium, synod, turnout

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMITTEE, practice. When a person has been found non compos, the law 
  requires that a guardian should be appointed to take care of his person and 
  estate; this guardian is called the committee. 
       2. It is usual to select the committee from the next of kin; Shelf. on 
  Lun. 137; and in case of the lunacy of the husband or wife, the one who is 
  of sound mind is entitled, unless under very special circumstances, to be 
  the committee of the other. Id. 140. This is the committee of the person. 
  For committee of the estate, the heir at law is most favored. Relations are 
  referred to strangers, but the latter may be appointed. Id. 144. 
       3. It is the duty of the committee of the person, to take care of the 
  lunatic; and the committee of the estate is bound to administer the estate 
  faithfully, and to account for his administration. He cannot in general, 
  make contracts in relation to the estate of the lunatic, or bind it, without 
  a Special order of the court or authority that appointed him. Id. 179; 1 
  Bouv. Inst. n. 389-91. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMITTEE, legislation. One or more members of a legislative body to whom is 
  specially referred some matter before that body, in order that they may 
  investigate and examine into it and report to those who delegated this 
  authority to them. 

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