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Topic: PARLIAMENTS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: congressus 'meeting', from the past participle of congredi 'to come together', from com- ( COM-) + gradi 'to go'

congress

noun
     
con‧gress
1 [uncountable and countable]PPG a formal meeting of representatives of different groups, countries etc, to discuss ideas, make decisions etc:
a congress of the ruling Labor Party
2 [countable]PGP the group of people chosen or elected to make the laws in some countries
3

Congress

PGP the group of people elected to make laws in the US, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives:
The President has lost the support of Congress.
4 [singular] used in the names of political parties:
Gandhi's Congress Party
congressional adjective [only before noun]
a congressional committee
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