Definition of contingent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈtɪndʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪndʒənt//
    [countable + singular or plural verb]
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  1. 1a group of people at a meeting or an event who have something in common, especially the place they come from, that is not shared by other people at the event The largest contingent was from the United States. A strong contingent of local residents were there to block the proposal.
  2. 2a group of soldiers that are part of a larger force the French contingent in the UN peacekeeping force
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘of uncertain occurrence’): from Latin contingere ‘befall’, from con- ‘together with’ + tangere ‘to touch’. The noun sense was originally ‘something happening by chance’, then ‘a person's share resulting from a division, a quota’; the current sense dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples a large contingent of American troops a strong contingent from Camberwell Art School A seven-strong French diplomatic contingent arrived in the capital city yesterday. Many large cities provided substantial contingents for the war effort. The French contingent in the UN peacekeeping force withdrew.
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