congress

noun

con·​gress ˈkäŋ-grəs How to pronounce congress (audio)
 also  -rəs,
 British usually  ˈkäŋ-ˌgres
1
a
: 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
congressional
kən-ˈgresh-nəl How to pronounce congress (audio)
kän-
-ˈgre-shə-nᵊl
adjective
congressionally adverb

Example Sentences

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 on the Web The election is happening a month after the end of the 20th congress of China’s Communist Party, where President Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term in office – a point Tsai has repeatedly made on the campaign trail. Reuters, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 The protest took place at the start of a twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party in Beijing at which Xi is widely expected to win a third leadership term. Reuters, NBC News, 20 Oct. 2022 Shares were mostly lower Tuesday in Asia as markets remained jittery over the outcome of a Communist Party congress in China, where key reformers were excluded from the highest ranks of ruling party leadership. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 25 Oct. 2022 The legal actions were announced at a delicate time in the Chinese political calendar as President Xi Jinping emerges from a congress of the Communist Party that extended his rule. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022 That’s why a Zionist congress in Basel, Switzerland—whose 125th anniversary was just marked—quickly followed the publication of his pamphlet. Meir Soloveichik, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 China's actions come ahead of a key congress of the ruling Communist Party later this year at which President Xi is expected to obtain a third five-year term as party leader. Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2022 Both images show Giselle Arellano, who was running for a spot on the ballot as a conservative National Action Party candidate representing migrants in the local congress of Mexico’s Zacatecas state. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 As a matter of fact, King Sr. was instrumental in bringing the sixth congress of the Baptist World Alliance, in 1939, to Atlanta. Jim Beckerman, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin congressus, from congredi to come together, from com- + gradi to go — more at grade entry 1

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of congress was in 1528

Dictionary Entries Near congress

Cite this Entry

“Congress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congress. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

congress

noun
con·​gress ˈkäŋ-grəs How to pronounce congress (audio)
1
: a formal meeting of delegates for discussion and action
2
: the chief lawmaking body of a nation and especially of a republic that in the U.S. is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives
3
: an association of organizations having a common interest
congressional
kən-ˈgresh-nəl
-ən-ᵊl
adjective
congressionally
adverb

Medical Definition

congress

noun
con·​gress
ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, British usually ˈkäŋ-ˌgres
: coitus

Legal Definition

congress

noun
con·​gress
1
: a formal meeting of delegates
2
a
: 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
congressional adjective
congressionally adverb

History and Etymology for congress

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

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