congé

noun con·gé \ kōⁿ-ˈzhā , ˈkän-ˌzhā \
variants: or less commonly congee play \ˈkän-(ˌ)jē, -(ˌ)zhē\

Definition of congé

1 a : a formal permission to depart
b : dismissal
2 : a ceremonious bow
3 : farewell
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


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