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From Latin congressum, the past participle of congredior (I go, come together), itself from con- + gradior (I go, step). The verb is from the noun.



congress (countable and uncountable, plural congresses)

  1. (archaic) A coming together of two or more people; a meeting.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970:
      , 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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congress (third-person singular simple present congresses, present participle congressing, simple past and past participle congressed)

  1. (intransitive) To assemble together.
  2. To meet in a congress.