con·​gress | \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\

Definition of congress 

1a : 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 the Congress of Vienna

3 : the supreme legislative body of a nation and especially of a republic the Congress of the United States

4 : an association usually made up of delegates from constituent organizations the World Energy Congress

5 : a single meeting or session of a group

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congressional \kən-​ˈgresh-​nəl, kän-​, -​ˈgre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
congressionally adverb

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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.
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Flores is an influential figure in her own right, and has served in congress as well as a constitutional assembly that has expansive powers. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Trump: Venezuelan socialist president easily toppled," 25 Sep. 2018 One such person is Basma Alawee, a community advocate with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and a former delegate with the United Nations Refugee Agency’s congress. Maliha Kareem,, "Travel ban's enduring hostility toward Muslims," 11 July 2018 Yet many Colombians still aren’t ready to forgive the rebel group for its kidnapping of civilians and bomb attacks in cities, and would sooner see its leaders in jail than in congress. Matthew Bristow,, "Former Guerrillas Face a Drubbing in Their First Colombian Election," 9 Mar. 2018 The youth congress was established in 1937 and grew, even through the upheaval of World War II. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Booklet recalls forgotten, integrated South Carolina meeting," 23 July 2018 In congress, Puerto Rico is currently represented by a nonvoting resident commissioner. 2. Morgan Greene,, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 His allies represent a minority in congress and would struggle to pass any laws. NBC News, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 June 2018 On Monday, the congress is expected to approve other senior government appointments, including the posts of vice premiers and central-bank governor. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Xi Ally Elected Head of China’s New Anticorruption Agency," 18 Mar. 2018 In a vote scheduled for this weekend, the congress is expected to re-elect Mr. Xi for a second five-year term as president, and also approve a new roster of leaders to work under him and the premier, Li Keqiang. Chris Buckley And Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Unveils Superagencies to Fight Pollution and Other Threats to Party Rule," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of congress

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for congress

Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade

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English Language Learners 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


con·​gress | \ˈkäŋ-grəs \

Kids Definition of congress

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

Other Words from congress

congressional \kən-​ˈgre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective


con·​gress | \ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres\

Medical Definition of congress 

: coitus

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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 — see also house of representatives, senate

Other Words from congress

congressional adjective
congressionally adverb

History and Etymology for congress

Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet

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