Simple Definition of congress
: 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
1 a : the act or action of coming together and meeting b : coitus
2 : a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and usually action on some question
3 : the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic
4 : an association usually made up of delegates from constituent organizations
5 : a single meeting or session of a group
Examples of congress in a sentence
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
Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1528
CONGRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of congress for Students
1 : the chief lawmaking body of a republic that in the United States is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives
2 : a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and action : conference
Legal Definition of congress
1 : a formal meeting of delegates
2a : the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially a republic b capitalized : the legislative branch of the United States government; specifically : the U.S. House of Representatives
3 capitalized a : the U.S. legislature as it is composed for an enumerated two-year period <the 101st Congress> b : a single session of the U.S. legislature
Origin of congress
Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet
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