Definition of congé in English:


Pronunciation /kôNˈZHā//ˈkänˌjā/


  • [in singular] 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then, realizing that I had received my congé, I prepared to depart.’


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.