noun con·gress \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\

: a formal meeting in which representatives or experts discuss important matters, make decisions, etc.

: the group of people who are responsible for making the laws of a country in some kinds of government

Congress : a particular congress; especially : the congress of the United States that includes the Senate and the House of Representatives

Full Definition of CONGRESS

a :  the act or action of coming together and meeting
b :  coitus
:  a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and usually action on some question
:  the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic
:  an association usually made up of delegates from constituent organizations
:  a single meeting or session of a group
con·gres·sio·nal \kən-ˈgresh-nəl, kän-, -ˈgre-shə-nəl\ adjective
con·gres·sio·nal·ly adverb

Examples of CONGRESS

  1. She was recently elected to the country's congress.
  2. the congresses of Mexico and Chile
  3. The bill easily passed both houses of Congress.
  4. Congress is not currently in session.

Origin of CONGRESS

Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1528

Other Government and Politics Terms

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noun con·gress \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONGRESS

:  coitus


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