con·gé (kŏnzhā′, -jā′, kôɴ-zhā) also con·gee (kŏnjē′, - zhē′)
1. Formal or authoritative permission to depart.
2. An abrupt dismissal.
3. A leave-taking.
4. A formal bow.
5. Architecture A concave molding.
[Middle English conge and French congé, both from Old French congie, from Latin commeātus, from past participle of commeāre, to come and go : com-, com- + meāre, to go; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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