con·​gress·​wom·​an ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce congresswoman (audio)
: a woman who is a member of a congress
especially : a woman who is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the two-term Colorado congresswoman is either in denial or doesn’t care about all the warning lights going off. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2023 The former congresswoman was one of 13 people wounded in a shooting in an Arizona supermarket parking lot. CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 The three-term congresswoman was also the chief of the Orlando Police Department for 18 years. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Nov. 2022 The congresswoman is currently Vice Chair of the Jan. 6 Committee and was among the ten Republican representatives that voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. Aubrie Spady, Fox News, 27 Oct. 2022 The source cautioned that the congresswoman didn’t announce a Senate campaign — only her intention to run. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2023 The longtime Fort Worth congresswoman secured one of the most powerful positions on Capitol Hill, leading the committee with direct control of the federal purse strings. Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2023 The long-serving Oakland congresswoman was reportedly vetted by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as a possible replacement for Vice President Kamala Harris's old Senate seat. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2023 The California congresswoman will make a bid for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is expected to retire ahead of the 2024 election. Fortune, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of congresswoman was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Congresswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​gress·​wom·​an -ˌwu̇m-ən How to pronounce congresswoman (audio)
: a woman who is a member of a congress
especially : a woman who is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Legal Definition


plural congresswomen
: a female member of Congress
especially : a female member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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