- a meeting or conference, esp of representatives of a number of sovereign states
- a national legislative assembly
- a society or association
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Government[proper noun; Congress] the national law-making body of the U.S.: [no article]Congress was not in session when we visited Washington.[the + ~]The Congress won't agree to that plan.
- Government[countable] the national law-making body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
- [countable] a formal meeting of representatives for discussing a matter of interest.
- the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
- this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership:the 96th Congress.
- a session of this body:to speak in Congress.
- Governmentthe national legislative body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
- a formal meeting or assembly of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.
- the act of coming together;
- an association, esp. one composed of representatives of various organizations.
- familiar relations;
- to assemble together;
meet in congress.
- Latin congressus assembly, intercourse, meeting, equivalent. to congred(ī) to approach, meet (con- con- + -gredī, combining form of gradī to step; compare grade) + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
- 1350–1400 for earlier sense "body of attendants, following''; 1520–30 for current senses; Middle English
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conference, council, convention.
- the bicameral federal legislature of the US, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate
Also called: Congress Party (in India) a major political party, which controlled the Union government from 1947 to 1977