Definition of congress
1a : the act or action of coming together and meetingb : 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
congressionalplay \kən-ˈgresh-nəl, kän-, -ˈgre-shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of congress from the Web
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet also pledged support for the agreement in a state-of-the-nation speech to congress in Valparaiso Thursday.
Republicans in congress need to end this childish mayhem.
Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, members of congress, distinguished guests, on behalf of the first family, welcome to the White House.
The first congress: The first International Congress of Clefs d'Or members took place on April 25, 1952, with concierges from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Great Britain present.
Considine, who as president for 38 years is the longest serving chief of a children's hospital in Ohio, is meeting with Ohio's U.S. senators and congress members.
Colombia’s constitutional court recently ruled that congress can potentially alter the terms of the peace agreement.
More conventional rivals have emerged, especially since Fatah held its seventh congress, last December, in Ramallah.
Nearly every major cell phone and telecoms equipment maker at the congress in Hong Kong is either trialing a hybrid wi-fi service or handset, or has already launched an early model or two.
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Origin and Etymology of congress
Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1528
CONGRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of congress for English Language Learners
: 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
CONGRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of congress for Students
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
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
Origin and Etymology of congress
Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet
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