congress

congress c.1400, "body of attendants; also "meeting of armed forces" (mid-15c.); main modern sense of "coming together of people, a meeting" is from 1520s; from L. congressus "a friendly meeting; a hostile encounter," pp. of congredi "meet with, fight with," from com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + gradi "to walk," from gradus "a step" (see GRADE (Cf. grade)). Sense of "meeting of delegates" is first recorded 1670s. Meaning "sexual union" is from 1580s. Used in ref. to the national legislative body of the American states since 1775 (though since 1765 in America as a name for proposed bodies). Congress of Vienna met Nov. 1, 1814, to June 8, 1815, and redrew the map of Europe with an eye to creating a balance of powers after the disruptions of Napoleon.

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  • Congress — Con gress, n.; pl. {Congresses}. [L. congressus, fr. congredi, p. p. gressus, to go or come together; con + grati to go or step, gradus step: cf. F. congr?s. See {Grade}.] 1. A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Congress — con·gress n [Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet] 1: a formal meeting of delegates 2 a: the supreme legislative body of a nation and esp. a republic b cap: the legislative branch of the United States government;… …   Law dictionary

  • congress — con‧gress [ˈkɒŋgres ǁ ˈkɑːŋgrs] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] a formal meeting of representatives of different groups, countries etc, to discuss ideas, give information, and make decisions: • the annual congress of the miners union 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Congress — Congress, AZ U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1717 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 37.637348 sq. miles (97.480279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031384 sq. miles (0.081284 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.668732… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Congress (A) — was a political party founded by A. K. Antony when he split from the Indian National Congress (Urs) a splinter group of the Indian National Congress. The party was primarily active in Kerala. The party merged with the Congress(I) in 1982.… …   Wikipedia

  • Congress — est une census designated place (CDP) située dans le comté de Yavapai dans l État de l Arizona aux États Unis. La population y était de 1 717 habitants lors du recensement de 2000. Congress est une ville fantôme, ancien camp minier d or, qui …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Congress, AZ — U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1717 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 37.637348 sq. miles (97.480279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031384 sq. miles (0.081284 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.668732 sq. miles (97 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Congress, OH — U.S. village in Ohio Population (2000): 192 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • congress — ► NOUN 1) a formal meeting or series of meetings between delegates. 2) (Congress) a national legislative body, especially that of the US. 3) the action of coming together. DERIVATIVES congressional adjective. ORIGIN Latin congressus, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Congress — Congress, vom lateinischen Worte congredi, zusammentreten, nennt man eine Versammlung von Fürsten oder deren Gesandten zur Besprechung eines gemeinschaftlichen Interesse. Erst seit den letzten 20 Jahren ist diese Benennung allgemeiner geworden.… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

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