American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Formal or authoritative permission to depart.
- n. An abrupt dismissal.
- n. A leave-taking.
- n. A formal bow.
- n. Architecture A concave molding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Leave; permission or leave to depart; dismissal: as, the ambassador received his congé: same as, and now commonly used (as distinctly French) in place of, congee.
- n. In architecture, same as apophyge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of taking leave; parting ceremony; farewell; also, dismissal.
- n. The customary act of civility on any occasion; a bow or a courtesy.
- n. (Arch.) An apophyge.
- Middle English conge and French congé, both from Old French congie, from Latin commeātus, from past participle of commeāre, to come and go : com-, com- + meāre, to go; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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