Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  2. (noun, group) the legislature of the United States government
  3. (noun, group) a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
  4. (noun, group) a national legislative assembly

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Origin of the word Congress

  1. 1520s, from L. congressus "a meeting, hostile encounter," pp. of congredi "meet with, fight with," from com- "together" + gradi "to walk," from gradus "a step" (see grade). Sense of "meeting of delegates" is first recorded 1670s. Meaning "sexual union" is from 1580s. Used in ref. to the national legislative body of the American states since 17… more

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