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



    BrE BrE//ˈseʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseʃn//
    Parliament, University life
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  1. 1  [countable] a period of time that is spent doing a particular activity a photo/recording/training, etc. session The course is made up of 12 two-hour sessions. She has a weekly session at the health club on Saturdays. Two soccer fans plunged to their deaths after a heavy drinking session. see also jam session
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a formal meeting or series of meetings of a court, a parliament, etc.; a period of time when such meetings are held a session of the UN General Assembly The court is now in session. The committee met in closed session (= with nobody else present). an emergency session of Congress the current parliamentary session see also quarter sessions See related entries: Parliament
  3. 3[countable] a school or university year See related entries: University life
  4. 4[countable] an occasion when people meet to play music, especially Irish music, in a pub/bar
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin sessio(n-), from sess- ‘seated’, from the verb sedere.Extra examples Both sessions are scheduled for 10 o’clock. Each session lasted approximately 15 minutes. I had a one-to-one session with one of the instructors at the gym. The Council met in executive session for the purpose of selecting a new general secretary. The Governor called a special session of the Legislature. The board met in closed session. The case worker will talk to refugees at drop-in sessions and by appointment. The college runs training sessions every afternoon. The court is now in session. The man fell in the canal after a heavy drinking session. The president addressed a closed session of Congress. The session adopted a resolution on disarmament. The statute was approved at the 1985 session of the Texas Legislature. a full session of the peace talks a plenary session of the committee a session on remedial reading a stormy session of the European Parliament The conference will end with a question and answer session. The programme is made up of 12 two-hour sessions. The training involves twice-weekly practice sessions. Your presentation will be part of the morning session. a photo/​recording/​training session
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