[kon-zhey, -jey; French kawn-zhey]

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.

Nearby words

  1. congruently,
  2. congruity,
  3. congruous,
  4. congruous hemianopsia,
  5. congruously,
  6. conic,
  7. conic projection,
  8. conic section,
  9. conical,
  10. conical cornea

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conge



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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