Definition of congé in English:

congé

noun

  • An unceremonious dismissal or rejection of someone.

    ‘the woman who gave you your congé when she wanted to marry Mr. Sugar’
    • ‘The reader will now understand why I received my congé from Angelique with such perfect philosophy.’
    • ‘And then, realizing that I had received my congé, I prepared to depart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As it was he had lost everything that he had in the world, and had just received his congé from the bishop.’
    dismissal, release, removal, ejection, ousting, expulsion
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

congé

/ˈkänˌjā/