from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of congé.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Formal departure, ceremonial leave-taking.
- n. A bow.
- n. A type of thick rice porridge or soup, sometimes prepared with vegetables and/or meat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See congé, conge.
- n. Boiled rice; rice gruel.
- n. A jail; a lockup.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Leave to depart; leave-taking; dismissal; congé.
- n. An act of respect performed by persons on separating or taking leave; hence, a customary act of reverence or civility on other occasions; a bow or a courtesy.
- To give leave or command to depart; dismiss; take leave of.
- To take leave with the customary civilities.
- To use ceremonious and respectful inclinations of the body; bow; salute.
- n. In India, rice-water or -gruel; water in which rice has been boiled, much used in the diet of invalids.
- n. Any gruel or similar food for invalids.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (architecture) a concave molding
- v. depart after obtaining formal permission
- n. formal permission to depart
- n. an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
- v. perform a ceremonious bow
- n. a Chinese rice gruel eaten for breakfast
From Old French congié (modern congé), from commeatus ("passage, permission to leave"), from commeo ("I go and come"), from con- + meo ("I go, I pass") (Wiktionary)
From Tamil, perhaps via Portuguese. (Wiktionary)