- a member of a congress, especially of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Origin of congressman
Examples from the Web for congressman
Remember the Christian congressman caught snogging a staffer?2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
The congressman traces his belief in Santa Claus back 40 years, when he was a student going to college “on the GI Bill.”
The future congressman also had some spaghetti but no sauce.
Meet the outgoing Michigan Republican congressman who switched his vote and kept the government funded Thursday.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas
December 11, 2014
Edwin Edwards has been a governor, a congressman, and a federal prisoner.Last Hurrah for Iconic Louisiana Politician
December 6, 2014
"Tad" Simpson was known to be deep in Congressman Atkins's confidence.
"This is not a humorous affair—" began the congressman, with dignity.
Next to Congressman Atkins he was, perhaps, our leading citizen.
The son was also a congressman, from a coast State, and the captain had read of him in the papers.
Captain Cy's original idea had been to write to this congressman.
- (in the US) a male member of Congress, esp of the House of Representatives
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).