see also: Congress
    • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑŋɡɹɨs/
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒŋˌɡɹɛs/
    • IPA: /kənˈɡɹɛs/, /kəŋˈɡɹɛs/


  1. (archaic) A coming together of two or more people; a meeting.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 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 (congresses, present participle congressing; past and past participle congressed)

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

Proper noun
  1. The two legislative bodies of the United States: the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  2. (US) A two-year session of these bodies, commencing after a Federal election and ending before the next one.
  3. A village in Ohio.
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