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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congressional \ kən-​ˈgresh-​nəl How to pronounce congressional (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web In March most parties with members in congress signed a pact promising not to stir resentment against Venezuelans in campaigns for regional elections due next month. The Economist, "Millions of refugees from Venezuela are straining neighbours’ hospitality," 12 Sep. 2019 At a party congress in December the SPD must decide whether to do just that. The Economist, "Elections in the east test Germany’s creaky unity government," 31 Aug. 2019 China’s demand for clean-burning natural gas, particularly during the smoggy winter, is rising quickly—thanks to quality-of-life concerns raised by President Xi Jinping at the previous Communist Party congress. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Why China’s Gas Guzzling Isn’t a Home Run for PetroChina," 31 Aug. 2018 Instead, Peters has continued to focus on his climate playbook, a list of dozens of pieces of climate legislation currently pending in congress, many of which have bipartisan support. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rep. Peters rebuffs Green New Deal activists, says bipartisan approach to climate change working," 16 Sep. 2019 The news was confirmed by one of FIFA's official Twitter page, with Infantino the only candidate to run for the post at the 69th FIFA congress in Paris., "Gianni Infantino Re-Elected as FIFA President Until 2023," 5 June 2019 Most leaders of the FARC, now a political party with seats in congress, condemned Mr Márquez’s return to war. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 The ability of the next president to advance many key policies and plans will depend upon alliances in congress. Washington Post, "Guatemala awaits presidential election results," 11 Aug. 2019 Afflis’ mom, Margaret, was running for state congress in Delphi. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Is this the last living man to play with Dick the Bruiser, and against Carl Erskine?," 11 July 2019

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


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

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


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

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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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