Borrowing from French congé, from Latin commeātus (“a leave; permission for a leave”). As an architectural term, a French calque of ἀποφυγή (apophugḗ, “a leave, an escape; an architectural feature”).
congé (plural congés)
- (archaic) Alternative form of : a leavetaking, a farewell, in various senses; a bow, a curtsey, or similar gestures whether or not used for taking leave.
- (architecture) Synonym of or cavetto: supports at the top or bottom of pillars, particularly rings or ferrils in the extremities of wooden pillars, added to provide support and prevent splintering, their imitation in stone, or a molding in the form of a quarter round.
- (archaic) Alternative form of : to take leave, to bid farewell, in various senses; to bow, curtsey, &c.
- "† conge, n.¹", "congee | congé, n.²", & "congee | congé, v." in the Oxford English Dictionary, 1891.
- "CONGE", "To CO′NGE", & "CO′NGE" in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language.
From Old French congié, cungié, cunged, congiet, cumgiet, from Latin commeātus. As an architectural term, a Calque of Ancient Greek ἀποφυγή (apophugḗ, “a leave, an escape; an architectural feature”).
congé m (plural congés)
- leave (time off, absence from work, etc.)