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


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

In 2011, with a printer and a temporary portrait studio on a corner in Cape Town, Webster invited people to pose for a free session. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Tijuana, a street studio attracts migrants and locals," 2 July 2019 Last month, Pitts hosted a handful of friends for an in-person 2K session for cash in the Cleveland office and posted updates on Instagram Live. Robert Klemko,, "You Can Bet on Yourself in Madden and 2K," 1 July 2019 Crowe periodically cranks up the volume to intense levels for the shouting sessions that grab our attention . . . Mark Dawidziak,, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019 Democratic strategists, activists, union leaders, and members of Congress met in South Carolina last week for a strategy session following Sanders’s speech. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Can Socialism Win in 2020? Democrats Aren't Embracing It," 27 June 2019 Ten more Democratic candidates will take to a Miami stage Thursday for a second session, also televised on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. David Bauder,, "Technical difficulties cause glitch at start of second hour of debate," 26 June 2019 With newcomers enrolling for Monday’s second summer session, Butler will have its 2019-20 basketball team assembled. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "8 questions for Butler basketball's offseason," 26 June 2019 For grades 9-12, two sessions of the Camp Challenge Leadership and Education and Training program are scheduled during the same two-week periods. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 20," 20 June 2019 Paluca Trattoria The ladies famously hung out at the Blue Blues Cafe on Fisherman's Wharf for coffee and gossip sessions after school drop-offs. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Big Little Lies," 17 June 2019

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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)
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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