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  1. con·gress
    IPA[ˈkäNGɡrəs]
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: Congress, plural noun: congresses

    • noun

      a formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially those from a political party, trade union, or from within a particular sphere of activity:

      a national legislative body, especially that of the US. The US Congress, which meets at the Capitol in Washington DC, was established by the Constitution of 1787 and is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives:

    • each of the three congresses held by the American colonies (in 1774, 1775, and 1776, respectively) in revolt against British rule. The second Congress, convened in the wake of the battles at Lexington and Concord, created a Continental Army, which fought and eventually won the American Revolution.
    • noun

      a high boot with elastic sides.
    • (in the US) each of the three congresses held by the American colonies in revolt against British rule in 1774, 1775, and 1776 respectively. The second Congress, convened in the wake of the battles at Lexington and Concord, created a Continental Army, which fought and eventually won the American War of Independence.
    • a South African political movement formed in 1959 as a militant offshoot of the African National Congress. It was outlawed in 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre, but continued its armed opposition to the South African government until it was legalized in 1990.
    • a South African political party and black nationalist organization. Having been banned by the South African government 1960–90, the ANC was victorious in the country's first democratic elections in 1994 and its leader Nelson Mandela became the country's president.
    • the US national library, in Washington, DC.
    • an international conference held 1814–15 to agree the settlement of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. The guiding principle of the settlement was the restoration and strengthening of hereditary and sometimes despotic rulers; the result was a political stability that lasted for three or four decades.
    • a broad-based political party in India, founded in 1885 and the principal party in government since independence in 1947. Following splits in the party, the Indian National Congress (I), formed by Indira Gandhi as a breakaway group (the I standing for Indira), was confirmed in 1981 as the official Congress Party.
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