[kon-zhey, -jey; French kawn-zhey]
- leave-taking; farewell.
- permission to depart.
- sudden dismissal.
- a bow or obeisance.
- Architecture. a concave molding, as an apophyge, formed by a quadrant curving away from a given surface and terminating perpendicular to a fillet parallel to that surface.
Origin of congé
From French, dating back to 1695–1705; see origin at congee
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Examples from the Web for conge
Madama made her conge, and hoped "El Senora Maria un asiento."Tom Cringle's Log
Her high hereditary Majesty smiled on me when she gave Leicester conge and fiery quittance.Michel and Angele [A Ladder of Swords], Complete
William Barlow (1549-54) was translated from St. David's without even the form of a conge d'elire.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells
If a writer could not do their work the way they wanted it done he was not long in getting his conge.The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
We found the General had been wounded at Maubeuge, and was now absent on conge for the recovery of his health.
- permission to depart or dismissal, esp when formal
- a farewell
- architect a concave mouldingSee also cavetto
C16: from Old French congié, from Latin commeātus leave of absence, from meātus movement, from meāre to go, pass
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