[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. congenital stridor,
  2. congenital syphilis,
  3. congenital total lipodystrophy,
  4. congenital valve,
  5. conger,
  6. congest,
  7. congested,
  8. congestion,
  9. congestion charging,
  10. congestive

Origin of congeries

1610–20; < Latin: a heap, equivalent to conger- (stem of congerere to collect, heap up, equivalent to con- con- + gerere to bear, carry) + -iēs noun suffix; cf. rabies, series Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for congeries



1610s, from Latin congeries "heap, pile, collected mass," from congerere "to carry together" (see congest). False singular congery is from 1866.

Man should have some sense of responsibility to the human congeries. As a matter of observation, very few men have any such sense. No social order can exist very long unless a few, at least a few, men have such a sense. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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