from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. An apophyge.
from The 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.
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)