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

The association plans to discuss the results of the 86th legislative session with its members at a meeting Wednesday in Austin. Laura Garcia,, "Texas lawmakers crack down on ‘surprise medical bills,’ tighten rules on freestanding ERs," 18 June 2019 Injury report: Right tackle Mike McGlinchey (knee) and wide receiver Deebo Samuel (hip) did not participate in this week’s two-day minicamp, and tight end George Kittle sat out Wednesday’s session with hip tightness. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo off to summer school," 12 June 2019 The bill, which would enable China to extradite people from Hong Kong, was due to be debated by lawmakers in a Legislative Council session on Wednesday. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Hong Kong stocks fall as huge protests hit financial center," 12 June 2019 With the start of Dance Moms season 8, the Abby Lee Dance Company is officially back in session, though without its original dancing cast. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Former “Dance Moms” Star Mackenzie Ziegler's Net Worth Is Just As Impressive As Her Sister Maddie’s," 11 June 2019 Over the first three months of this year, the centers conducted more than 1,000 recovery coaching sessions with some 300 people and had 800 phone check-ins with more than 200. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 The Judiciary and Legislation Committee discussed the resolution in closed session before voting to adopt it. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal to offer up to $160,000 to handcuffed man kicked by Milwaukee cop moves forward," 10 June 2019 Our team of reporters in Austin kicked off the legislative session with a video and the launch of the Texas Tracker, our state politics coverage site. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Red light cameras' fate, Abbott's denial, Ted Cruz on Mexico tariffs, Robert E. Lee statue sold," 6 June 2019 Celeste came to terms with their relationship, and eventually learned to stand up for herself through a series of riveting sessions with her therapist (Robin Weigert), who plays a big part in helping Celeste unpack her grief this go-round. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Everything we know about 'Big Little Lies' Season 2, from Meryl Streep to Amabella," 6 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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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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