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

  Town \Town\ (toun), n. [OE. toun, tun, AS. tun inclosure, fence,
     village, town; akin to D. tuin a garden, G. zaun a hadge,
     fence, OHG. zun, Icel. tun an inclosure, homestead, house,
     Ir. & Gael. dun a fortress, W. din. Cf. Down, adv. & prep.,
     Dune, tine to inclose.]
     1. Formerly:
        (a) An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or
            dwelling of the lord of the manor. [Obs.]
        (b) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
            [Obs.]
        (c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
            [Obs.] --Palsgrave.
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     2. Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a
        regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a
        bishop. [Eng.] --Johnson.
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     3. Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not
        incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely
        populated place, whether incorporated or not, in
        distinction from the country, or from rural communities.
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              God made the country, and man made the town.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     4. The body of inhabitants resident in a town; as, the town
        voted to send two representatives to the legislature; the
        town voted to lay a tax for repairing the highways.
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     5. A township; the whole territory within certain limits,
        less than those of a country. [U. S.]
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     6. The court end of London; -- commonly with the.
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     7. The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the
        gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country.
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              Always hankering after the diversions of the town.
                                                    --Addison.
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              Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. --Pope.
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     Note: The same form of expressions is used in regard to other
           populous towns.
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     8. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard. [Prov.
        Eng. & Scot.]
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     Note: Town is often used adjectively or in combination with
           other words; as, town clerk, or town-clerk; town-crier,
           or town crier; townhall, town-hall, or town hall;
           townhouse, town house, or town-house.
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     Syn: Village; hamlet. See Village.
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     Town clerk, an office who keeps the records of a town, and
        enters its official proceedings. See Clerk.
  
     Town cress (Bot.), the garden cress, or peppergrass. --Dr.
        Prior.
  
     Town house.
        (a) A house in town, in distinction from a house in the
            country.
        (b) See Townhouse.
  
     Town meeting, a legal meeting of the inhabitants of a town
        entitled to vote, for the transaction of public bisiness.
        [U. S.]
  
     Town talk, the common talk of a place; the subject or topic
        of common conversation.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  town meeting
      n 1: government of a town by an assembly of the qualified voters
      2: a meeting of the inhabitants of a town

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "town meeting":
     airing, analysis, assembly, bicameral legislature,
     board of aldermen, buzz session, canvassing, chamber of deputies,
     city board, city council, collective farm, collectivism,
     collectivity, collegiality, colloquium, commission, common council,
     common ownership, communal effort, communion, communism, community,
     conference, congress, consideration, cooperation,
     cooperative society, court, debate, debating, deliberation,
     democracy, dialectic, dialogue, diet, discussion, examination,
     exchange of views, federal assembly, forum, general assembly,
     house of assembly, investigation, joint discussion, kibbutz,
     kolkhoz, legislative assembly, legislative body,
     legislative chamber, legislature, logical analysis,
     logical discussion, lower chamber, lower house, national assembly,
     open discussion, open forum, panel discussion, parliament,
     profit sharing, provincial legislature, provincial parliament,
     public ownership, rap, rap session, representative town meeting,
     review, seminar, sharecropping, socialism, soviet, state assembly,
     state legislature, state ownership, study, symposium, treatment,
     unicameral legislature, upper chamber, upper house, ventilation
  
  

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