See also: Congress
- (archaic) A coming together of two or more people; a meeting.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC:, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.48:
- After some little repast, he went to see Democritus […]. The multitude stood gazing round about to see the congress.
- A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.
- (often capitalized) A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.
- An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.
- Synonym: federation
- The National Congress of American Indians
- (dated) Coitus; sexual intercourse.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual intercourse
- 1927, Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6):
- Welsh ponies, I learn from a man who has had much experience with these animals, habitually produce erections and emissions in their stalls; they do not bring their hind quarters up during this process, and they close their eyes, which does not take place when they have congress with mares.
- (countable, collective) A group of baboons; the collective noun for baboons.
- 2013, Dick Hrebik, Walter Goes to War—WWII, Rolling Meadows, IL: Windy City Publishers, Chapter 7, p. 133,
- Saw a congress of baboons of all sizes making their way to a mountaintop to spend the night on the rocks and trees there.
Derived terms Edit
sexual intercourse — see sexual intercourse