Definition of congress noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 Congress the name of the group of people who are elected to make laws, in the U.S. consisting of the Senate and the House of RepresentativesCongress will vote on the proposals tomorrow.2 a large formal meeting or series of meetings where representatives from different groups discuss ideas, make decisions, international congress of trade unions3 used in the names of political parties in some countriesthe African National Congress
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