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

But the immunity is not indefinite — the constitutional provision says only that lawmakers cannot be subject to civil proceedings while the Legislature is in session, or for 15 days before the beginning of a legislative session. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Video: Arizona lawmaker caught speeding says he drives as fast as 140 mph, claims immunity," 12 July 2018 During this year’s legislative session, lawmakers adopted an amendment to a much broader medical marijuana bill opening the door to the use of pesticides. Michael Dresser,, "Regulators investigating Maryland medical marijuana grower for alleged pesticide use," 9 July 2018 The bill made political waves when it was debated in committees and on the House and Senate floors during Idaho’s 2018 legislative session. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law," 9 July 2018 As the summer heat waxes and state legislative sessions wane, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation has scored a few small but significant victories. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "A campaign to blitz the country with ‘In God We Trust’ laws takes root," 7 July 2018 The legislative session will run though July 13 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump hosts Montana rally, Ronda Rousey makes history: 5 things you need to know Thursday," 5 July 2018 Governor Inslee proposed but failed to get support for a carbon tax bill in the most recent legislative session. Phuong Le, The Christian Science Monitor, "Carbon fee measure poised for Washington State ballot," 3 July 2018 In the past legislative session, the county received $500,000 for the project, Turner said. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Harriet Tubman High School museum project shifts into higher gear," 3 July 2018 Lawlor argued that the legislation was passed with political trickery by gutting a bill and inserting the proposal in it so it could be approved in the waning days of the legislative session. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County Board committees back opposition to putting assessor's post on November ballot," 27 June 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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The first known use of session was in the 14th century

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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