1. A formal assembly of representatives, as of various nations, to discuss problems.
2. The national legislative body of a nation, especially a republic.
a. The national legislative body of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
b. The two-year session of this legislature between elections of the House of Representatives.
a. The act of coming together or meeting.
b. A single meeting, as of a political party or other group.
5. Sexual intercourse.
[Middle English congresse, body of attendants, from Latin congressus, meeting, from past participle of congredī, to meet : com-, com- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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