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 (kŏn′zhā′, -jā′, kôN-zhā′) also con·gee (kŏn′jē′, - zhē′)
1. Formal or authoritative permission to depart.
2. An abrupt dismissal.
3. A leave-taking.
4. A formal bow.
5. Architecture A concave molding.

[Middle English conge and French congé, both from Old French congie, from Latin commeātus, from past participle of commeāre, to come and go : com-, com- + meāre, to go; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]


1. permission to depart or dismissal, esp when formal
2. a farewell
3. (Architecture) architect a concave moulding. See also cavetto
[C16: from Old French congié, from Latin commeātus leave of absence, from meātus movement, from meāre to go, pass]


(ˈkɒn ʒeɪ, -dʒeɪ, kɔ̃ˈʒeɪ)

1. leave-taking; farewell.
2. permission to depart.
3. sudden dismissal.
4. a bow or obeisance.
5. a concave architectural molding.
[1695–1705; < French; see congee]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conge - (architecture) a concave moldingconge - (architecture) a concave molding  
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
2.conge - formal permission to depart; "he gave me his conge"
permission, permit, license - the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
3.conge - an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
dismission, sacking, liberation, firing, dismissal, release, discharge, sack - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
Verb1.conge - perform a ceremonious bow
bow, bow down - bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"