[kon-zhey, -jey; French kawn-zhey]
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noun, plural con·gés [kon-zheyz, -jeyz; French kawn-zhey] /ˈkɒn ʒeɪz, -dʒeɪz; French kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ/.
  1. leave-taking; farewell.
  2. permission to depart.
  3. sudden dismissal.
  4. a bow or obeisance.
  5. 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.
Also congee.

Origin of congé

From French, dating back to 1695–1705; see origin at congee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. permission to depart or dismissal, esp when formal
  2. a farewell
  3. architect a concave mouldingSee also cavetto

Word Origin for congé

C16: from Old French congié, from Latin commeātus leave of absence, from meātus movement, from meāre to go, pass
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