[kong-gris-muh n]

noun, plural con·gress·men. (often initial capital letter)

a member of a congress, especially of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Origin of congressman

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; congress + -man

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for congressman

Contemporary Examples of congressman

Historical Examples of congressman

  • "Tad" Simpson was known to be deep in Congressman Atkins's confidence.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "This is not a humorous affair—" began the congressman, with dignity.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Next to Congressman Atkins he was, perhaps, our leading citizen.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The son was also a congressman, from a coast State, and the captain had read of him in the papers.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Captain Cy's original idea had been to write to this congressman.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for congressman


noun plural -men

(in the US) a male member of Congress, esp of the House of Representatives
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for congressman

1780, in reference to members of U.S. Congress, and it first appears in a piece of abuse (written by a Loyalist):

Ye coxcomb Congressmen, declaimers keen,
Brisk puppets of the Philadelphia scene ...

Congresswoman attested from 1918 (Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first).

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