[ kon-jee, ‐zhey ]

verb (used without object),con·geed, con·gee·ing.Obsolete.
  1. to take one's leave.

  2. to bow ceremoniously.

Origin of congee

First recorded in 1350–1400; late Middle English noun congie, congye, from Middle French congié, Old French congié, from Latin commeātus “furlough, leave of absence” literally, “passage, coming and going,” equivalent to commeā(re) “to go, travel” (from com- + meāre “to proceed, pass, travel”) + -tus suffix of verbal action; verb derived from noun; see com-

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[ kon-jee ]

  1. (in East Asian, especially Chinese, cuisine) a thick rice porridge.

Origin of congee

First recorded in 1695–1700; from Tamil kañci, kañji Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use congee in a sentence

  • Then tucking the dusty boots under his arm, the old man with a low congee, and a “Good-night, your honour!”

    Wild Wales | George Borrow