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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 ABV Steve 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

Example Sentences

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
The benchmark for international crude sales pared gains later in the session, closing at $86.88 a barrel. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 Access to the exhibits and the tour is available when classes are in session and the building is open -- from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. cleveland, 30 Nov. 2022 Moscow's police force of 36 officers and personnel covers a largely rural city of almost 26,000 residents, with the population swelling by the thousands when the university is in session. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Jefferson County Public Schools spokesperson Mark Hebert said all schools are in session Tuesday. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2022 In this session, the panelists will share key Gen Z insights across search, content affinity and audience behavior. William Earl, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 But even with the tight margins and partisan gridlock, some major compromises were able to thrive in this session — along with plenty of party-line bills that Democrats pursued without Republicans. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 18 Nov. 2022 In the session, Biswas showed them how to paint a night sky, and the patients spent an hour carefully making their own scenes, brushing blue, yellow and red paint across thick paper, and using stickers for stars. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Many students have already packed up and left early for Thanksgiving break, but classes are still in session. Christina Ruffini, CBS News, 17 Nov. 2022
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 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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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