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1 the legislature of the United States government [syn: United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress]
2 a meeting of elected or appointed representatives
3 a national legislative assembly
4 the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge]

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  1. The collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation.
  2. A gathering or assembly; a conference.

Derived terms


The collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation
  • Croatian: kongres
  • German: Kongress
  • Icelandic: þing
  • Kurdish:
A gathering or assembly; a conference
  • Croatian: kongres
  • Czech: kongres
  • German: Kongress
  • Kurdish:

Extensive Definition

In politics, a congress ("a gathering of people") is the name of the main legislative body in a state that operates under a congressional system of government. In non-political usage congress is a term applied to a large national or international grouping of people meeting together with common interests or concerns, e.g. an academic conference.

Political congress

Legislative congress

Countries with Congresses and presidential systems:
Other countries with Congresses:

Political gatherings

Congress has also been used to describe certain historical gatherings, such as
It has been used for meetings of independence-minded nationalists or revolutionaries:
(Note, the political parties mentioned above also began as groups of this type).
Congress is also part of the name of certain international bodies, such as

Party congress

Many political parties also have a Party Congress which is held every few years to make decisions for the party and elected governing bodies. These are sometimes called political conventions.

Non-political congress

Scientific congress

Congress is an alternative name for a large national or international academic conference. See the International Congress of Media by the Research Institute of Applied Communication (organizer: Synedros Text

Chess congress

A Chess congress is a chess tournament, in one city, where a large number of contestants gather to play competitive chess over a limited period of time; typically one day to one week.
congress in Asturian: Congresu
congress in Catalan: Congrés
congress in Danish: Kongres
congress in German: Kongress
congress in Estonian: Kongress
congress in Spanish: Congreso
congress in French: Congrès
congress in Galician: Congreso
congress in Gujarati: કોંગ્રેસ
congress in Indonesian: Kongres
congress in Italian: Congresso
congress in Dutch: Congres
congress in Norwegian: Kongress
congress in Portuguese: Congresso
congress in Russian: Конгресс
congress in Simple English: Congress
congress in Slovak: Kongres
congress in Finnish: Kongressi
congress in Swedish: Congreso Nacional
congress in Tagalog: Kongreso

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