A congress is a formal meeting where people come together to discuss issues or questions. It often refers to the legislative branch of a nation's government, such as the US Congress, but it can also refer to any important meeting or official organization.

While the word congress inevitably brings to mind the governing Congress with a capital C, there are many different kinds of congresses. The potato farming community, for example, convened the first World Potato Congress in 1993, and the United States Bowling Congress formed in 1995 when the men's and women's bowling organizations joined forces. Congress comes from the Latin congressus, which fittingly means both "friendly meeting" and "hostile encounter."

Primary Meanings of congress

a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
the act of engaging in sexual intercourse
Full Definitions of congress

n a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

Continental Congress
the legislative assembly composed of delegates from the rebel colonies who met during and after the American Revolution; they issued the Declaration of Independence and framed Articles of Confederation
Type of:
group meeting, meeting
a formally arranged gathering

n a national legislative assembly

Type of:
general assembly, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature
persons who make or amend or repeal laws

n the act of engaging in sexual intercourse

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the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)
roll in the hay
slang for sexual intercourse
hank panky
illicit sexual intercourse
the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
criminal congress
forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals
extramarital sex, free love
sexual intercourse between individuals who are not married to one another
sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child)
Type of:
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse

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