What does congress mean?

Definitions for congress
ˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-con·gress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congressnoun

    the legislature of the United States government

  2. congressnoun

    a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

  3. congressnoun

    a national legislative assembly

  4. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledgenoun

    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


  1. congressnoun

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

  2. congressnoun

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

  3. congressnoun

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

  4. congressnoun

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

    The National Congress of American Indians

  5. congressnoun

    Sexual intercourse.

  6. Congressnoun

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

  7. Congressnoun

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

  8. congressnoun

    Plural form of congressman.

  9. congressnoun

    Plural form of congresswoman.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONGRESSnoun

    Etymology: congressus, Latin.

    Here Pallas urges on, and Lausus there;
    Their congress in the field great Jove withstands,
    Both doom’d to fall, but fall by greater hands. John Dryden, Æn.

    From these laws may be deduced the rules of the congresses and reflections of two bodies. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.


  1. Congress

    A congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different countries, constituent states, organizations, trade unions, political parties, or other groups. The term originated in Late Middle English to denote an encounter (meeting of adversaries) during battle, from the Latin congressus.


  1. congress

    Congress is a formal gathering or meeting of representatives or delegates from various groups, organizations, or countries to discuss, negotiate, and make decisions on matters of common interest. It is also used to refer specifically to the national legislative body of a country, such as the United States Congress, which consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congressnoun

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

  2. Congressnoun

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

  3. Congressnoun

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

  4. Congressnoun

    a gathering or assembly; a conference

  5. Congressnoun

    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. Congressnoun

    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. Congressnoun

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


  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Congress is ranked #77788 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Congress surname appeared 246 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Congress.

    69.1% or 170 total occurrences were Black.
    24.8% or 61 total occurrences were White.
    3.6% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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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  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. David Doniger:

    She cut the budget and dismantled the laws, fired the scientists -- or at least ignored them, etc., what happened with Gorsuch is that she got about two years into this mission of destroying the agency and there was a broad rebellion that manifested in the media and in public opinion and in the Democratically-controlled Congress.

  2. Mazie Hirono:

    At a time when the AAPI community is under siege, this bill is an important signal that Congress is taking anti-Asian racism and hatred seriously.

  3. Rafael Guedes:

    The measures are not difficult to approve, but the government has no support in Congress.

  4. Amy Klobuchar:

    As Congress works to move forward a historic investment in broadband infrastructure, strong leadership at Federal Communications Commission is essential to deliver on the connectivity goals our 21-century economy demands, with more than two decades of experience at the Federal Communications Commission and the Senate Committee on Commerce, I am confident that both Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn have the expertise needed to close the digital divide and strengthen our nation for generations to come.

  5. Yar Chaikovsky:

    The calculation of damages needs reform in patent law. We need some method of damages apportionment similar to what is making its way through Congress. As most of the companies I represent are in the high tech arena, the market capture rule, especially in cases where the plaintiff solely seeks a reasonable royalty, is problematic."

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