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[Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet]
1 : a formal meeting of delegates
2 a : the supreme legislative body of a nation and esp. a republic
: the legislative branch of the United States government
: the U.S. House of Representatives
a : the U.S. legislature as it is composed for an enumerated two-year period [the 101st Congress]
b : a single session of the U.S. legislature see also house of representatives, senate Article I of the Constitution in the back matter
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.