com·mit·tee / kəˈmitē/ • n. 1. [treated as sing. or pl.] a group of people appointed for a specific function, typically consisting of members of a larger group: the housing committee | [as adj.] a committee meeting. ∎ such a body appointed by a legislature to consider the details of proposed legislation: there was much scrutiny in committee. 2. Law a person who has been judicially committed to the charge of another because of insanity or mental retardation. ∎ Brit. a person entrusted with the charge of another person or another person's property.
An individual or group of people to whom authority has been delegated by a larger group to perform a particular function or duty. A part of a legislative body made up of one or more individuals who have been assigned the task of investigating a certain issue and reporting their observations and recommendations to the legislature. The Senate has various committees, such as the Committee on Nuclear Energy. The name given to the person or group of people appointed by a court and charged with the responsibility of acting as the guardian of an incompetent person.