congress


congress
n. /kong"gris/; v. /keuhn gres", keuhng-/, n.
1. (cap.)
a. the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
b. this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership: the 96th Congress.
c. a session of this body: to speak in Congress.
2. the national legislative body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
3. a formal meeting or assembly of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.
4. the act of coming together; an encounter; meeting.
5. an association, esp. one composed of representatives of various organizations.
6. familiar relations; dealings; intercourse.
7. coitus; sexual intercourse.
v.i.
8. to assemble together; meet in congress.
[1350-1400 for earlier sense "body of attendants, following"; 1520-30 for current senses; ME < L congressus assembly, intercourse, meeting, equiv. to congred(i) to approach, meet (con- CON- + -gredi, comb. form of gradi to step; cf. GRADE) + -tus suffix of v. action]
Syn. 3. conference, council, convention.

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(as used in expressions)
Aix la Chapelle Congress of
Berlin Congress of
Canadian Labor Congress
Congress Party
Laibach Congress of
Paris Congress of
Troppau Congress of
Verona Congress of
Vienna Congress of
American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organizations

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  • Congress — con·gress n [Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet] 1: a formal meeting of delegates 2 a: the supreme legislative body of a nation and esp. a republic b cap: the legislative branch of the United States government;… …   Law dictionary

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  • Congress, AZ — U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1717 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 37.637348 sq. miles (97.480279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031384 sq. miles (0.081284 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.668732 sq. miles (97 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Congress, OH — U.S. village in Ohio Population (2000): 192 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • congress — c.1400, body of attendants; also meeting of armed forces (mid 15c.); main modern sense of coming together of people, a meeting is from 1520s; from L. congressus a friendly meeting; a hostile encounter, pp. of congredi meet with, fight with, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • congress — ► NOUN 1) a formal meeting or series of meetings between delegates. 2) (Congress) a national legislative body, especially that of the US. 3) the action of coming together. DERIVATIVES congressional adjective. ORIGIN Latin congressus, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Congress — Congress, vom lateinischen Worte congredi, zusammentreten, nennt man eine Versammlung von Fürsten oder deren Gesandten zur Besprechung eines gemeinschaftlichen Interesse. Erst seit den letzten 20 Jahren ist diese Benennung allgemeiner geworden.… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon


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