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ses·​sion ˈse-shən How to pronounce session (audio)
: a meeting or series of meetings of a body (such as a court or legislature) for the transaction of business
morning session
sessions ˈse-shənz How to pronounce session (audio) plural
: a sitting of English justices of peace in execution of the powers conferred by their commissions
: an English court holding such sessions
: any of various courts similar to the English sessions
: the period between the first meeting of a legislative or judicial body and the prorogation or final adjournment
: the ruling body of a Presbyterian congregation consisting of the elders in active service
: the period during the year or day in which a school conducts classes
: a meeting or period devoted to a particular activity
a recording session
sessional adjective


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: employed to perform at recording sessions
a session drummer
: having a light body and a lower-than-average percentage of alcohol : sessionable
a session cider
… the increasing popularity of session beers [=sessionable and flavorful beers], which fulfill beer's original promise of being a less potent drink that can be safely enjoyed in greater volume than wine and spirits.Will Gordon
It is cleaner, smoother and more flavorful than the typical American lager. It's more of a session beer than other … choices, too, at 5.3 percent ABVSteve Goble
A session beer should be light and without aggressive flavors, but still flavorful enough to keep your interest.Michael Agnew
Citrus and grapefruit hit you in this very hazy, low-alcohol ale that has a lingering finish. A very good session ale.Marc Bona

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Some questions may be adapted into full columns, and transcripts of the chats remain available after each session concludes. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2024 This session’s tournament will be round-robin format, with each competitor playing in turns against each other. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 And the fact that Democrats got seven bills passed this session represents some degree of courtesy to the minority party, said University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss. Rebecca Grapevine, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2024 Some colorways, like this iris option, are customizable using an image, text, monogram or graphic. $45 Stanley Shop Now 5% off Amazon Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphones These Apple active noise-canceling headphones are great for long study sessions at school. Claire Peltier, ABC News, 12 Apr. 2024 The Triple Crown clocks in at a cool $275 per session (plus tip) and does not include extractions. Annie Blay, Allure, 11 Apr. 2024 Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged Americans to support their country's continued leadership on the world stage during a speech delivered to a joint session of Congress Thursday – a message that comes as pivotal foreign aid has stalled in the halls of Congress. USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 Disney’s session collectively drew the most applause and laughter of the week. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 The vote gives leaders authority to call a strike if contract talks stall at a bargaining session scheduled for Monday. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024
Among the ways the service seeks to put kids at ease is a pre-session questionnaire for parents that asks things like the pronunciation of the child’s name, whether a letter to Santa has already been mailed and questions related to the child’s understanding of the pandemic. Tony Bravo,, 10 Dec. 2020 Coalition members will get more detail on budget problems at their pre-session retreat, which was to start later Thursday, said Bishop, a Fairbanks Republican. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2023 The pre-session email also asked students about pregnancy, blood pressure issues or heart irregularities. Tree Meinch, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 Yet when that strike ended a year later as the longest acting strike in US history, the union gave in on its demand for residuals, agreeing instead to a system of one-time bonuses for multi-session work and extra payments for vocally stressful work. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2022 Every industry needs its own unique curriculum for multi-session implicit bias professional learning experiences. Shaun Harper, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The series gives us some of the most impressive visuals, direction, and performances in the MCU, but Moon Knight is begging for a format shift in the form of either a minimum of 10 episodes or a multi-session plan from the onset. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 And during a post-session press briefing with reporters, Gov. Kate Brown also lauded the outgoing Senate President. oregonlive, 4 Mar. 2022 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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Word History



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


from attributive use of session entry 1; (sense 2) so called because the relatively low alcohol content in such drinks makes it possible to consume several rounds at a sitting without becoming intoxicated

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1958, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Session.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a meeting or series of meetings of a body (as a court or legislature) for the carrying on of business
: the period between the first meeting of a legislative or judicial body and the last meeting
: the period during the year or day in which a school has classes

Legal Definition


: 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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