Definition of quorum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkwɔːrəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrəm//
[singular] Business meetings
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the smallest number of people who must be at a meeting before it can begin or decisions can be made If a quorum is not present, the meeting must be adjourned. I’m afraid we don’t have a quorum. The number of representatives attending was too small to constitute a quorum. See related entries: Business meetings Word Originlate Middle English (referring to justices of the peace): used in commissions for committee members designated by the Latin quorum vos … unum (duos, etc.) esse volumus ‘of whom we wish that you … be one (two, etc.)’.
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