congeries

noun
con·​ge·​ries | \ ˈkän-jə-(ˌ)rēz How to pronounce congeries (audio) \
plural congeries\ ˈkän-​jə-​(ˌ)rēz How to pronounce congeries (audio) \

Definition of congeries

Did You Know?

What do "epitome," "circus," "tribunal," and "congeries" have in common? All are part of a relatively small collection of English nouns that made the transition from Latin to English unaltered in both spelling and meaning. "Congeries" joined this group in our language in the early 1600s. Latin congeries comes from the Latin verb congerere, which means "to carry or bring together" and which is also the source of our word congest. In English, "congeries" stands out because it is a singular word with a plural appearance - and its plural is also spelled "congeries."

First Known Use of congeries

circa 1619, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for congeries

Latin, from congerere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about congeries

Time Traveler for congeries

Time Traveler

The first known use of congeries was circa 1619

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about congeries

Statistics for congeries

Cite this Entry

“Congeries.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congeries. Accessed 12 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on congeries

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about congeries

Comments on congeries

What made you want to look up congeries? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a period of high artistic development

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!