ses·sion | \ˈse-shən \

Definition of session 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a meeting or series of meetings of a body (such as a court or legislature) for the transaction of business morning session

2 sessions plural

a(1) : a sitting of English justices of peace in execution of the powers conferred by their commissions

(2) : an English court holding such sessions

b : any of various courts similar to the English sessions

3 : the period between the first meeting of a legislative or judicial body and the prorogation or final adjournment

4 : the ruling body of a Presbyterian congregation consisting of the elders in active service

5 : the period during the year or day in which a school conducts classes

6 : a meeting or period devoted to a particular activity a recording session



Definition of session (Entry 2 of 2)

: employed to perform at recording sessions a session drummer

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Other Words from session


sessional \ˈsesh-nəl, ˈse-shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of session in a Sentence


Her health insurance will cover 12 one-hour sessions of therapy per year. the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament I'm going to take classes during the summer session.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Advanced registration is $30 per session and is required for the programs. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 2018 Along with DaSilva, two other legislative staffers and one lawmaker have accused Hill of inappropriately touching them during the end-of-session party at AJ's Lounge. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018 San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg listens Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to staff presentations during the city council's annual goal-setting session for the budget. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Paid sick leave issue is complicated for council," 13 July 2018 President Trump threw the annual NATO summit into crisis Thursday — forcing an emergency session and suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance — before switching positions and claiming victory. Eli Stokols,, "Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory," 12 July 2018 The events include a tattoo festival, a film festival, celebrity autographs, live music and question-and-answer sessions with artists, authors and filmmakers. Hal Boedeker,, "Spooky Empire adds Elvira, enlarges 'X-Files' reunion," 12 July 2018 The city offers guidelines that will ensure an optimal experience before/during filming or recording sessions. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Hapeville declares it’s camera ready," 12 July 2018 The suit then went to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which will hear arguments at Wednesday's session. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 However, the organizers are making the sessions fun, by having spirit nights regularly, including a 'character night' on June 27. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Cast Enjoys Summer Musical Rehearsals," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of session


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for session


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin session-, sessio, literally, act of sitting, from sedēre to sit — more at sit

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English Language Learners Definition of session

: a period of time that is used to do a particular activity

: a formal meeting or series of meetings of a group of people (such as a court of law or legislature)

: a period of time during the year in which a school, college, or university has classes


ses·sion | \ˈse-shən \

Kids Definition of session

1 : a meeting or period devoted to a particular activity The football team held a practice session.

2 : a single meeting (as of a court, lawmaking body, or school)

3 : a whole series of meetings Congress was in session for six months.

4 : the time during which a court, congress, or school meets



Legal Definition of session 

: a meeting or series of meetings of a body (as a court or legislature) for the transaction of business also : the period between the first meeting of a legislative or judicial body and the final adjournment — see also regular session, special session

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