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congé

[kon-zhey, -jey; French kawn-zhey] /ˈkɒn ʒeɪ, -dʒeɪ; French kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ/
noun, plural congés
[kon-zheyz, -jeyz; French kawn-zhey] /ˈkɒn ʒeɪz, -dʒeɪz; French kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
leave-taking; farewell.
2.
permission to depart.
3.
sudden dismissal.
4.
a bow or obeisance.
5.
Architecture. a concave molding, as an apophyge, formed by a quadrant curving away from a given surface and terminating perpendicular to a fillet parallel to that surface.
Also, congee.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < French; see congee
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British Dictionary definitions for congé

congé

/ˈkɒnʒeɪ/
noun
1.
permission to depart or dismissal, esp when formal
2.
a farewell
3.
(architect) a concave moulding See also cavetto
Word Origin
C16: from Old French congié, from Latin commeātus leave of absence, from meātus movement, from meāre to go, pass
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