[ kon-zhey, -jey; French kawn-zhey ]
/ ˈkɒn ʒeɪ, -dʒeɪ; French kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ /

noun, plural con·gés [kon-zheyz, -jeyz; French kawn-zhey] /ˈkɒn ʒeɪz, -dʒeɪz; French kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ/.

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.
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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for conge

/ (ˈkɒnʒeɪ) /


permission to depart or dismissal, esp when formal
a farewell
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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