What does Congress mean?

Definitions for Congress
ˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-Congress

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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.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  2. congress(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  3. congress(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  4. congress(Noun)

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

    The National Congress of American Indians

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  5. congress(Noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  6. Congress(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  7. Congress(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Congress

    kong′gres, n. a meeting together or assembly, as of ambassadors, &c., for political purposes: the federal legislature of the United States.—v.i. to meet in congress.—adj. Congres′sional.—n. Con′gressman, a member of congress. [L. con, together, and gradi, gressus, to step, to go.]

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.

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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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How to say Congress in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congress in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Congress in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Warren:

    Congress should not put taxpayers on the hook for another bailout, and this giveaway that was drafted by Citigroup lobbyists has no place in a critical government funding bill.

  2. Joseph Trainor:

    It's not uncommon for Congress to do that in the event of a major disaster. But it is a little bit like rolling the dice, especially in an election year.

  3. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    The basic problem is simply that the Congress has become professionalized. It has interest much higher than ever existed before in remaining in office. It has a bureaucracy that is serving it. It is much more subject to the power of individualized pressure groups as opposed to the unorganized feelings of the majority of the citizens.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    Instead of listening to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and their 1,400 lobbyists, it is about time that the FDA and Congress started listening to the overwhelming majority of the American people, who believe that medicine is too expensive.

  5. Elijah Cummings:

    I believe that what we do in this Congress over the next year or so will have impact for the next 50 to 100 years, we're going to cautiously go about with subpoenas. ... There would have to be something that has a compelling interest to the citizens of the United States, and would have to be something that comes under our jurisdiction. So there's certain criteria that has to be met. I do not expect to be issuing subpoenas -- even the 64 that we've asked for because there are so many things that are backed up. And we'll never get a chance to do everything.

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