[ kon-jeer-eez, kon-juh-reez ]
/ kɒnˈdʒɪər iz, ˈkɒn dʒə riz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation, heap: From the airplane the town resembled a congeries of tiny boxes.

Origin of congeries

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin: “a heap, pile, collection,” equivalent to conger- (stem of congerere “to collect, heap up,” equivalent to con-, combining form + gerere “to bear, carry”) + -iēs abstract noun suffix; see con- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for congeries

/ (kɒnˈdʒɪəriːz) /


(functioning as singular or plural) a collection of objects or ideas; mass; heap

Word Origin for congeries

C17: from Latin, from congerere to pile up, from gerere to carry
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