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congé Line breaks: congé
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒ̃ʒeɪ/

Definition of congé in English:


An unceremonious dismissal or rejection of someone: she gives him his congé, and at the same time avows her real love for him
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  • For the first time, it is not beyond the realm of reality to envisage a situation in which he might become ‘unassailable’ - in the sense in which Nigel became so - and, as the penalty for economic failure, receive his congé.
  • And then, realizing that I had received my congé, I prepared to depart.
  • The reader will now understand why I received my congé from Angelique with such perfect philosophy.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'permission to do something'): from Old French congie, from Latin commeatus 'leave of absence', from commeare 'go and come'. The word is now usually treated as equivalent to modern French.

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