congress

noun
con·​gress | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs How to pronounce congress (audio) , 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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Other Words from congress

congressional \ kən-​ˈgresh-​nəl How to pronounce congressional (audio) , kän-​ , -​ˈgre-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
congressionally adverb

Synonyms for congress

Synonyms

parliament

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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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In January 2019, women politicians wore white to the State of the Union as a means to honor suffragists, while also making a pointed statement about the landmark number of women elected to congress. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How Color in Fashion Has Been Used Throughout History To Display Political Solidarity," 14 May 2019 While the text of the two bills will be released at a later date, advocates expect similar wording to previous versions of bills that were introduced in the last congress. Teen Vogue, "Sex Education Bills Fight Back Against Trump's Abstinence-Only Plans," 1 May 2019 Here are the first few paragraphs of the story: WASHINGTON, Jan.29—San Diego will obtain authority from congress to build the EI Capitan dam and take the Indian reservation lands for reservoir purposes. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Reservation lands taken for reservoir," 30 Jan. 2018 Celebrities joined in, bolstering the cause, urging congress to act, to do something to keep a massacre of this magnitude from occurring yet again. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Year After the Parkland Shooting, Has Anything Really Changed?," 14 Feb. 2019 Several democratic congresswomen chose all white looks when Trump addressed congress in February 2017. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why Many Congresswomen Wore White at Today's Swearing In Ceremony," 3 Jan. 2019 Only weeks since she was elected into congress, Ilhan Omar is working to lift the ban on the hijab in the House. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Destroyed Shoes Are Now a Historical Artifact," 30 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Venezuela’s socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by the opposition. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections," 6 Feb. 2019 The first monument to be built will honor Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to congress, who represented part of Brooklyn. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 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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congress

noun

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
: a particular congress especially : the congress of the United States that includes the Senate and the House of Representatives

congress

noun
con·​gress | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs How to pronounce congress (audio) \

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

congress

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

Medical Definition of congress

: coitus

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congress

noun
con·​gress

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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