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congress British & World English

A formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially those from a political party, trade union, or from within a particular sphere of activity

congress English Thesaurus

an international congress of mathematicians

Congress New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

US legislative body, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives

Congress in congress British & World English

A national legislative body, especially that of the US. The US Congress, which meets at the Capitol in Washington DC, was established by the Constitution of 1787 and is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives

congress boot British & World English

A high boot with elastic sides

Continental Congress British & World English

(In the US) each of the three congresses held by the American colonies in revolt against British rule in 1774, 1775, and 1776 respectively. The second Congress, convened in the wake of the battles at Lexington and Concord, created a Continental Army, which fought and eventually won the American War of Independence

Pan-Africanist Congress British & World English

A South African political movement formed in 1959 as a militant offshoot of the African National Congress. It was outlawed in 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre, but continued its armed opposition to the South African government until it was legalized in 1990

Library of Congress British & World English

The US national library, in Washington DC

Trades Union Congress British & World English

(In the UK) the official representative body of British trade unions, founded in 1868 and meeting annually

Vienna, Congress of British & World English

An international conference held 1814–15 to agree the settlement of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. The guiding principle of the settlement was the restoration and strengthening of hereditary and sometimes despotic rulers; the result was a political stability that lasted for three or four decades

Library of Congress New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

US national library, Washington DC

Indian National Congress British & World English

A broad-based political party in India. Founded in 1885, it dominated the independence movement in the 1930s under Mahatma Gandhi, and has been the principal party in government since 1947. Following splits in the party the Indian National Congress (I), formed by Indira Gandhi as a breakaway group (the I standing for Indira), was confirmed in 1981 as the official Congress party

African National Congress British & World English

A South African political party and black nationalist organization. Having been banned by the South African government 1960–90, the ANC was victorious in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 and its leader Nelson Mandela became the country’s President

Congress of Industrial Organizations British & World English

A federation of North American trade unions, organized largely by industry rather than craft. In 1955 it merged with the American Federation of Labor to form the AFL-CIO

Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania in Pan-Africanist Congress British & World English

A South African political movement formed in 1959 as a militant offshoot of the African National Congress. It was outlawed in 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre, but continued its armed opposition to the South African government until it was legalized in 1990


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