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 sessional (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 Evers called the special session after Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, seven times in the back. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democrat and Republican leading racial disparity task force say they can reach consensus," 8 Sep. 2020 Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, floated the idea of Beshear calling in the National Guard, while Sen. Julie Raque Adams suggested the governor call a special session to take up unspecified legislation on policing reforms. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal 'overwhelmed' with well-wishers while hospitalized for COVID-19," 8 Sep. 2020 The Katy City Council is scheduled to meet in special session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Katy City Council discusses budget; candidate forum slated," 6 Sep. 2020 And in Frankfort, state Senate GOP leadership held a press conference this week to decry Fischer's handling of the protests and suggest the General Assembly hold a special session to address public safety. Ben Tobin, And Sarah Ladd,, "How protests over Breonna Taylor's death have changed the political landscape," 4 Sep. 2020 But legislative leaders did not call a special session on policing this summer. Jamie Munks,, "Saying their white colleagues are ’now uncomfortable,’ Illinois Legislative Black Caucus call hearings on criminal justice, education and economic reform," 1 Sep. 2020 One of the main priorities in the current special session is reforming the state’s criminal justice system in light of recent protests against police brutality. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Bill to end qualified immunity fails to secure votes needed in Virginia House committee," 1 Sep. 2020 So, two council members called a special session for 2 p.m. Tuesday to pass an ordinance making the streetcar free, despite their contention that such a vote isn’t necessary. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati streetcar: Mayor suggests keeping fares, diverting proceeds to public safety," 31 Aug. 2020 Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers ordered legislators to convene a special session Monday on law enforcement reform., "Oregon Sends Cops to Portland; Trump Kenosha Visit: Protest Wrap," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Session.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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)
US : 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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