from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A formal assembly of representatives, as of various nations, to discuss problems.
- n. The national legislative body of a nation, especially a republic.
- n. The national legislative body of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
- n. The two-year session of this legislature between elections of the House of Representatives.
- n. The act of coming together or meeting.
- n. A single meeting, as of a political party or other group.
- n. Sexual intercourse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A coming-together of two or more people; a meeting.
- n. A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.
- n. A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.
- n. An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.
- n. Sexual intercourse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter.
- n. A sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; -- said of things.
- n. The coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition.
- n. A gathering or assembly; a conference.
- n. A formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest.
- n. The collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation.
- n. The lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of which are elected for three years.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A meeting together of individuals: an encounter; an interview.
- n. The meeting of persons in sexual commerce.
- n. A formal meeting or association of persons having a representative character; an organization or authorized assemblage of persons for the consideration of some special subject or the promotion of some common interest; particularly, in politics, an assemblage of envoys, commissioners, or plenipotentiaries representing sovereign powers, or of sovereigns themselves, for the purpose of arranging international affairs: as, the Congress of Vienna (1814-15); the Congress of Paris (1856). For the distinction between conference and congress, see extract under conference, 2 .
- n. [capitalized] The national legislature of the United States.
- n. The name of the lower house of the Spanish Cortes, and of the national legislatures of the South American republics.
- To come together; assemble; congregate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a national legislative assembly
- n. the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
- n. a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
- n. the legislature of the United States government
Middle English congresse, body of attendants, from Latin congressus, meeting, from past participle of congredī, to meet : com-, com- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'. (Wiktionary)