Definitions for Congressˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•gressˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-(n.; v.)

  1. (cap.) the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. this body as it exists for a period of two years with the same membership: a session of this body.

    the 100th Congress.

    Category: Government

  2. the national legislative body of a nation, esp. of a republic.

    Category: Government

  3. a formal meeting of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.

  4. the act of coming together; encounter; meeting.

  5. an association, esp. one composed of representatives of various organizations.

  6. familiar relations; dealings; intercourse.

  7. coitus; sexual intercourse.

  8. (v.i.)to assemble together; meet in congress.

Origin of congress:

1520–30; ME < L congressus assembly, intercourse =congred(i) to approach, meet

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress(noun)

    the legislature of the United States government

  2. congress(noun)

    a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

  3. congress(noun)

    a national legislative assembly

  4. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge(noun)

    the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

Wiktionary

  1. congress(Noun)

    A coming-together of two or more people; a meeting.

  2. congress(Noun)

    A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.

  3. congress(Noun)

    (often capitalized: Congress) A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.

  4. congress(Noun)

    An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.

    The National Congress of American Indians

  5. congress(Noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

  6. Congress(Noun)

    The two legislative bodies of the United States: the House of Representatives, and the Senate.

  7. Congress(Noun)

    A two-year session of these bodies, commencing after a Federal election and ending before the next one.

  8. congress(Noun)

    Plural form of congressman.

  9. congress(Noun)

    Plural form of congresswoman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congress(noun)

    a meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter

  2. Congress(noun)

    a sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; -- said of things

  3. Congress(noun)

    the coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition

  4. Congress(noun)

    a gathering or assembly; a conference

  5. Congress(noun)

    a formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest

  6. Congress(noun)

    the collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation

  7. Congress(noun)

    the lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of which are elected for three years

Freebase

  1. Congress

    A congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different nations, constituent states, independent organizations, or groups. The term was chosen for the United States Congress to emphasize the status of each state represented there as a self-governing unit. Subsequent to the use of congress by the U.S. legislature, the term has been adopted by many states within unions, and by unitary nation-states in the Americas, to refer to their legislatures. Relationships in congress have historically proven to be controversial in any country, with a prime example transpiring in recent years between U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Congress

    is a diplomatic conference at which the representatives of sovereign States discuss matters of importance to their several countries, the most celebrated of which are those of Münster and Osnabrück, which issued in the treaty of Westphalia in 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years' War; of Rastadt, at the end of Spanish Succession War, in 1797; of Vienna, at the end of Napoleon's wars, in 1815; of Paris, in 1856, at the end of Russian War; and of Berlin, in 1878, at the end of Russo-Turkish war; but the name has come to be applied in federal republics to the legislative assembly which directs national as distinct from State concerns. In the United States, Congress consists of the Senate, elected by the State legislatures and the House of Representatives, elected directly by the people. It meets on the first Monday in December, and receives the President's message for the year. It imposes taxes, contracts loans, provides for national defence, declares war, looks after the general welfare, establishes postal communication, coins money, fixes weights and measures, &c. &c., but it is prohibited from preferential treatment of the several States, establishing or interfering with religion, curtailing freedom of speech, or pursuing towards any citizen, even under legal forms, a course of conduct which is unjust or even oppressive.

  2. Congress

    the Belgian Constituent Assembly, 1830-1831.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2061

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1177

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Nouns Frequency: #842


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

congress(noun)

a formal meeting, especially an assembly of delegates etc.

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