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[kong-gris-muh n] /ˈkɒŋ grɪs mən/
noun, plural congressmen. (often initial capital letter)
a member of a congress, especially of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Origin of congressman
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; congress + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Tad" Simpson was known to be deep in congressman Atkins's confidence.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "This is not a humorous affair—" began the congressman, with dignity.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Next to congressman Atkins he was, perhaps, our leading citizen.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The son was also a congressman, from a coast State, and the captain had read of him in the papers.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Captain Cy's original idea had been to write to this congressman.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for congressman


noun (pl) -men
(in the US) a male member of Congress, esp of the House of Representatives
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for congressman

1780, in reference to members of U.S. Congress, and it first appears in a piece of abuse (written by a Loyalist):

Ye coxcomb Congressmen, declaimers keen,
Brisk puppets of the Philadelphia scene ...
Congresswoman attested from 1918 (Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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