congé

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See also: conge and congy

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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).

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congé (plural congés)

  1. (archaic) Alternative form of congee: a leavetaking, a farewell, in various senses; a bow, a curtsey, or similar gestures whether or not used for taking leave.
  2. (architecture) Synonym of apophyge 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.

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congé (third-person singular simple present congés, present participle congéing, simple past and past participle conged)

  1. (archaic) Alternative form of congee: to take leave, to bid farewell, in various senses; to bow, curtsey, etc.

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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congé m (plural congés)

  1. leave (time off, absence from work, etc.)

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