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session

noun ses·sion \ ˈse-shən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of session

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

sessional

play \ˈsesh-nəl, ˈse-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of session in a Sentence

  1. Her health insurance will cover 12 one-hour sessions of therapy per year.

  2. the U.N. Special Session on Disarmament

  3. I'm going to take classes during the summer session.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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session

adjective

Definition of session

: employed to perform at recording sessions
  • a session drummer

First Known Use of session

1958



SESSION Defined for English Language Learners

session

noun

Definition of session for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SESSION Defined for Kids

session

noun ses·sion \ ˈse-shən \

Definition of session for Students

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

Law Dictionary

session

noun ses·sion

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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