congress

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."

Definitions of congress
  1. noun
    a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
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    types:
    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
  2. noun
    a national legislative assembly
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    type of:
    general assembly, law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature
    persons who make or amend or repeal laws
  3. noun
    the act of engaging in sexual intercourse
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    defloration
    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
    penetration
    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
    incest
    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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