noun con·gé \kōⁿ-ˈzhā, ˈkän-ˌzhā\
variants: or less commonly


play \ˈkän-(ˌ)jē, -(ˌ)zhē\

Definition of congé

  1. 1a :  a formal permission to departb :  dismissal

  2. 2 :  a ceremonious bow

  3. 3 :  farewell

  4. 4 :  an architectural molding of concave profile — see molding illustration

Examples of congé in a sentence

  1. with an elaborately ceremonious congé, the ambassador took his leave

Origin and Etymology of congé

alteration of earlier congee, congie, from Middle English conge, from Anglo-French cungé, from Latin commeatus going back and forth, leave, from commeare to go back and forth, from com- + meare to go — more at permeate

First Known Use: 14th century

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