con·​gé | \ kōⁿ-ˈzhā How to pronounce congé (audio) , ˈkän-ˌzhā How to pronounce congé (audio) \
variants: or less commonly congee \ ˈkän-​(ˌ)jē How to pronounce congee (audio) , -​(ˌ)zhē \

Definition of congé

1a : a formal permission to depart
b : dismissal
2 : a ceremonious bow
3 : farewell
4 : an architectural molding of concave profile — see molding illustration

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Synonyms & Antonyms for congé


adieu, au revoir, ave, bon voyage, farewell, Godspeed, good-bye (or good-by)



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Examples of congé in a Sentence

with an elaborately ceremonious congé, the ambassador took his leave

First Known Use of congé

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of congé was in the 14th century

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