One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An institution that provided popular adult education courses and entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.‘some sophisticate who had attended chautauquas in other parts of the country’
- ‘Through correspondence courses, university extension, journals like The Chautauquan, and especially reading circles, Chautauqua's influence spread widely.’
- ‘It was a humorous chautauqua, and I did everything in Greek, including answering questions, but I also mimed the answers.’
- ‘The idea was born in the brain of Texas firebrand Jim Hightower and draws its inspiration from the old style Chautauqua - part country fair, part revival festival and pure grass roots democracy.’
Late 19th century: named after Chautauqua, a county in New York State, where such an institution was first set up.
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