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

Frequent yoga and meditation sessions to relieve stress. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 And to control the issue of overcrowding and hours-long lines, Sephora broke up the weekend into four separate sessions of 1,200 attendees max. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 Chairing a special session of the U.N. Security Council, Pompeo said President Donald Trump's diplomatic breakthrough with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has led to a point where the nuclear threat from the country can be resolved. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US seeks to keep North Korea sanctions despite progress," 27 Sep. 2018 The third session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference is scheduled to last five days and follows meetings held in August 2016 and May 2017. The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebel groups," 11 July 2018 Williams told Senate colleagues, who are gathered for a special legislative session, that she was booked and strip-searched at the Fulton County jail and held for five hours. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Georgia senator decries her arrest at vote-count protest," 14 Nov. 2018 Nothing clears the mental fog like a sweat session—especially one done in style. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Wellness Warrior in Your Life," 14 Nov. 2018 Darren Hauck/Getty Images On the first day of their post-election lame-duck session, House Republicans decided to block a vote on whether the US should support Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen, three congressional sources say. Alex Ward, Vox, "House Republicans are trying to block a vote on the Yemen War," 14 Nov. 2018 In that session, everything came pouring out — streams of words and tears, rambling explanations, and — of course — apologies for the rambling. Kayleigh Roberts, Allure, "Why Women With ADHD Like Me Get Diagnosed So Late in Adulthood," 25 Oct. 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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