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
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
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Examples of CONGRESS
- She was recently elected to the country's congress.
- the congresses of Mexico and Chile
- The bill easily passed both houses of Congress.
- Congress is not currently in session.
Origin of CONGRESS
to come together, from com-
to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1528
Other Government and Politics Terms
: the chief lawmaking body of a republic that in the United States is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives
: a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and action : conference
— con·gres·sio·nal \kən-ˈgre-shə-nəl\ adjective
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