from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority, who must be present for valid transaction of business.
- n. A select group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The minimum number of members required for a group to officially conduct business and to cast votes, often but not necessarily a majority or supermajority.
- n. A selected body of persons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, those justices of the peace whose presence is necessary to constitute a bench.
- n. The number of members of any constituted body of persons whose presence at or participation in a meeting is required to render its proceedings valid, or to enable it to transact business legally.
- n. Requisite materials.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
Middle English, quorum of justices of the peace, from Latin quōrum, of whom (from the wording of a commission naming certain persons as members of a body), genitive pl. of quī, who.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quōrum, genitive plural form of quī ("who, which"), used as standard wording in written commissions. (Wiktionary)