congress

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

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congress (plural congresses)

  1. (archaic) A coming-together of two or more people; a meeting.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p. 48:
      After some little repast, he went to see Democritus [...]. The multitude stood gazing round about to see the congress.
  2. A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.
  3. (often capitalized: Congress) A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.
  4. An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.
    The National Congress of American Indians
  5. Coitus; Sexual intercourse.

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