(initial capital letter)
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.
the national legislative body of a nation, especially 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 encounter; meeting.
an association, especially one composed of representatives of various organizations.
familiar relations; dealings; intercourse.
coitus; sexual intercourse.
for earlier sense “body of attendants, following”; 1520–30 for current senses; Middle English
< Latin congressus
assembly, intercourse, meeting, equivalent to congred
) to approach, meet (con- con-
combining form of gradī
to step; cf. grade
) + -tus
suffix of v. action
conference, council, convention.