- the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
- this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership: the Ninety-Seventh Congress.
- a session of this body: to speak in Congress.
verb (used without object)
- congregational church,
- congress boot,
- congress of industrial organizations,
- congress of vienna,
- congress on racial equality,
- congress party
Origin of congress
Examples from the Web for congress
Historically the reelection rate for members of Congress is in the area of 95 percent.
With all that said, representation of each of these respective communities has increased in the new Congress.
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.
Congress is now 92 percent Christian, resembling more to a papal enclave than our religiously diverse nation.
Latinos, the fastest growing minority group in America, are even more underrepresented in Congress.
The first abstract of votes polled in St. Croix county was for delegate to Congress and for county officers.Fifty Years In The Northwest|William Henry Carman Folsom
Congress have made corporations, and exercised complete legislation in the Western Territory.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
For these and other reasons, your petitioners pray that Congress will establish its sovereignty over said Territory.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
He felt hurt, too, that Congress had promoted others and had only blame for him.George Washington|Calista McCabe Courtenay
So it can be seen what service Congress did us in the way of protection.Last Words|Stephen Crane
Word Origin for congress
c.1400, "body of attendants; also "meeting of armed forces" (mid-15c.); main modern sense of "coming together of people, a meeting" is from 1520s; from Latin congressus "a friendly meeting; a hostile encounter," past participle of congredi "meet with, fight with," from com- "together" (see com-) + gradi "to walk," from gradus "a step" (see grade (n.)).
Sense of "meeting of delegates" is first recorded 1670s. Meaning "sexual union" is from 1580s. Used in reference to the national legislative body of the American states since 1775 (though since 1765 in America as a name for proposed bodies). Congress of Vienna met Nov. 1, 1814, to June 8, 1815, and redrew the map of Europe with an eye to creating a balance of powers after the disruptions of Napoleon.
The legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Popularly elected, senators and representatives are responsible for advocating the interests of the constituents they represent. Numerous congressional committees are organized to study issues of public policy, recommend action, and, ultimately, pass laws. Congress plays an important role in the system of checks and balances; in fact, the two-house (bicameral) organization of Congress acts as an internal check, for each house must separately vote to pass a bill for it to become a law. In addition to lawmaking, Congress has a variety of functions, including appropriation of funds for executive and judicial activities; instituting taxes and regulating commerce; declaring war and raising and supporting a military; setting up federal courts and conducting impeachment proceedings; and approving presidential appointments.