ses·​sion | \ ˈse-shən How to pronounce session (audio) \

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 How to pronounce session (audio) , ˈse-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of session in a Sentence

Noun 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 The next day, Erika skipped the group's sound bath meditation session while Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and Dorit Kemsley gathered separately thereafter to discuss the cause for Erika's absence. Dory Jackson,, 22 Sep. 2021 The meeting is a full session of Bush's national security council. CBS News, 22 Sep. 2021 With appearances from the likes of Arthur Verocai, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, and Laraaji, Badbadnotgood quickly turn Talk Memory into the kind of late-night improv session fans will wax poetic about for years to come. Ew Staff,, 22 Sep. 2021 When a burst of layout shifts occur rapidly with less than one second between each shift, that is known as a session window. Yec, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The Republican governor announced the additions Wednesday, bringing the total number of priorities on this session’s call to seven. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Sep. 2021 Allowing only half the Choir to sing at each session of General Conference to accommodate social distancing. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 CIOs need to ensure that employees working remotely have the same immersive experience during, say, a virtual white-boarding session, as those in the office, Ms. Deskus said. John Mccormick, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 Golf Channel also has the full broadcast of Friday’s matches from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., as well as the first hour of Saturday’s morning session from 7-8 a.m. Joel Boyd,, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective They’re usually assigned to the few committees that don’t have mid-session deadlines to advance legislation, so they generally are considered still alive right up until the final gavel falls. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of session was in the 14th century

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“Session.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce session (audio) \

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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