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congee

[kon-jee] /ˈkɒn dʒi/
noun
1.
verb (used without object), congeed, congeeing. Obsolete
2.
to take one's leave.
3.
to bow ceremoniously.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun) late Middle English conge, c(o)unge < Anglo-French cung(i)é, Old French congié < Latin commeātus furlough, literally, passage, coming and going, equivalent to commeā(re) to go, travel (com- com- + meāre to proceed, pass, travel) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) Middle English congeien < Anglo-French, verbal derivative of noun
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  • congee is little more than thin rice porridge, bland as milquetoast, yet it arouses strong feelings.
Word Origin and History for congee
n.

early 14c., from Old French congié "permission, leave of absence, dismissal, ceremonial leave-taking" (Modern French congé), from Latin commeatus "passage, going to and fro," hence "leave of absence," from commeare, from com- "with, together" (see com-) + meare "to go, pass" (see mutable). Probably lost 17c. and revived 19c. from Modern French.

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